Celebs Who've Played Civil Rights Icons

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  • 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
  • 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

 Will Smith as Muhammad Ali

For his portrayal of boxing champ and activist Muhammad Ali in 2001’s Ali, Will Smith became the first rap artist to receive a nomination for a Best Actor Oscar.

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