Black History Month: A Roundup of Celebrity Activists

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  • 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
  • Paul Robeson
  • Lena Horne

Muhammad Ali

Boxing legend Cassius Clay shook up the world when, in 1964, he joined the Black religious nationalist group the Nation of Islam and changed his name to Muhammad Ali. In 1966, he became a cause celebré after refusing to fight in the Vietnam war, famously stating: “No Viet Cong ever called me a n----r."

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