Black History Month: A Roundup of Celebrity Activists

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  • 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
  • Jackie Robinson

Harry Belafonte

Singer and acting veteran Harry Belafonte is equally celebrated for his activism. In the '60s, he contributed a great deal to the struggle for equality and voting rights. Along with speaking at the March on Washington, Belafonte bailed leaders out of jail and donated large sums to organizations like SNCC (Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee). He was also an outspoken critic of the current wars in Iraq and Afganistan. 

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