Celebs Who've Played Civil Rights Icons

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  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons angela bassett betty shabazz
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons denzel washington malcolm x
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons cicely tyson coretta scott king
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons paul winfield martin luther king 1
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons lynn whitfield josephine baker
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons morgan freeman nelson mandela
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons courtney b vance bobby seale
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons daniel sunjata langston hughes
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons salma hayek frida kahlo
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons will smith muhammad ali
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons angela bassett rosa parks
  • 081811 celebs civil rights icons jackie robinson

Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King

In the ‘70s, if any actress was going to play Coretta Scott King, it was going to be Cicely Tyson. In King, the Oscar-nominated actress played the wife of the civil rights icon. The pairing of Tyson and Paul Winfield played off the cinematic magic the two created playing husband and wife in the 1972 film Sounder (for which Tyson garnered a Best Actress Oscar nomination).

(Photo: Courtesy Everett Collection)

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