Black History Month: A Roundup of Celebrity Activists

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  • Celebrity Activists
  • 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

Lena Horne

Groundbreaking roles in Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather (both in 1943) turned Lena Horne into a Hollywood trailblazer. During World War II, she refused to perform for segregated USO audiences. In the '60s, Horne participated in the March on Washington and performed to benefit groups like NAACP, SNCC and the National Council of Negro Women.

(Photo: AP Photo/Jerry Mosey, File)

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