Actors Who Dared to Play a Slave

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  • Halle Berry
  • Denzel Washington
  • Oyafunmike Ogunlano
  • S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Hattie McDaniel
  • Chiwetel Ejiofor
  • LeVar Burton
  • Samuel L. Jackson
  • Kerry Washington
  • Lisa Gay Hamilton

Oyafunmike Ogunlano in Sankofa (1993)

In this rare film from Burkina Faso that shows the slave trade from the African perspective, Ogunlano plays a dual role of an American model visiting Africa and her young slave ancestor who was taken from her homeland and enslaved in America. The film was nominated for a prestigious Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival.

(Photo: Courtesy Channel Four Films) 

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