Rise Up: Celebrity Protesters

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  • Rosario Dawson
  • Rosie Perez
  • Beyoncé, Jay Z
  • Susan Sarandon
  • Sean Penn
  • Danny Glover
  • Jessica Alba
  • Harry Belafonte
  • J. Cole/Jesse Williams
  • Naturi Naughton
  • Jesse Williams
  • Talib Kweli
  • Killer Mike
  • Keke Palmer
  • J. Cole
  • Nelly
  • Kanye West
  • Russell Simmons

Beyoncé and Jay Z

Apart from their obvious friendship with the Obamas, Bey and Jay typically keep their political cards close to the vest. But even music's most private couple couldn't help but speak out after the tragic death of Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012. The powerful pair joined a protest in New York City rallying against the acquittal of Trayvon's killer George Zimmerman. More recently, in 2015, they continued their support as activists by hosting a free concert in Baltimore with music icon Prince for the memory of the slain Freddie Gray.

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