Black History Month: A Roundup of Celebrity Activists

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

Russell Simmons

In the second half of his career, pioneering hip hop mogul Russell Simmons has been an ardent political activist. He is most noted for forming the Hip Hop Summit Action Network, an organization devoted to using hip hop music as a catalyst for education and political advocacy with regards to the empowerment of youth. He was also a public supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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