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

Paul Robeson

Singing and acting legend Paul Robeson was also celebrated (and condemned) for his political activism. In the '40s he was an early advocate for civil rights, fighting against lynching and job/voting discrimination. Robeson died in 1976. 
 
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