Actors Who Dared to Play a Slave

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

Lisa Gay Hamilton in Beloved (1998)

The Obie-winning actress played a young Oprah Winfrey as Sethe, a former slave battling demons and post-Civil War Cincinnati. The film was nominated for six NAACP Image Awards.

(Photo: Courtesy Touchstone Pictures)

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