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

S. Epatha Merkerson in Lincoln (2012)

The veteran actress played Lydia Hamilton Smith, a housekeeper with a special relationship to Tommy Lee Jones' character, Congressman Thaddeus Stevens, in this Oscar-winning historical epic.

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