Celebs Who've Played Civil Rights Icons

These actors stepped into historical shoes.

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Jackie Robinson as himself

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<p>Jackie Robinson as himself</p>

Angela Bassett as Betty Shabazz \r

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<p>Angela Bassett as Betty Shabazz <br> </p>

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<p>Denzel Washington as Malcolm X</p>

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Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King

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<p>Cicely Tyson as Coretta Scott King <br> </p>

Paul Winfield as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.&nbsp;

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<p>Paul Winfield as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br> <br> </p>

Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker

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<p>Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker<br> </p>

Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela&nbsp;

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<p>Morgan Freeman as Nelson Mandela</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><br> <br> </p>

Courtney B. Vance as Bobby Seale \r

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<p>Courtney B. Vance as Bobby Seale <br> </p>

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Daniel Sunjata as Langston Hughes

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<p>Daniel Sunjata as Langston Hughes <br> </p>

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<p>Salma Hayek as Frida Kahlo<br> </p>

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<p>&nbsp;Will Smith as Muhammad Ali <br> </p>

&nbsp;Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks \r

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<p>&nbsp;Angela Bassett as Rosa Parks <br> </p>