Black History Month: A Roundup of Celebrity Activists

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  • Paul Robeson
  • Lena Horne
  • Jackie Robinson
  • Nina Simone
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Danny Glover
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Gabrielle Union
  • Russell Simmons
  • Wyclef Jean
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Mos Def
  • Kerry Washington
  • Celebrity Activists

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier when he was recruited by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. After retiring in 1957, he served on the board of the NAACP and co-founded the Freedom National Bank — a Black-owned and operated commercial bank based in Harlem, N.Y. 

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