Black History Month: A Roundup of Celebrity Activists

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  • 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
  • Paul Robeson

Nina Simone

Jazz icon Nina Simone flexed her activist spirit by becoming the musical voice of the civil rights movement, writing and singing such odes to the movement as “Young, Gifted and Black” and “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free.” Shortly after Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, she penned and sang “Why (The King of Love Is Dead).”

(Photo: Monty Fresco/Evening Standard/Getty Images)

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