Stars for Freedom Signed Book
- By Emilie Raymond
- Signed by the author
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- ISBN: 9780295994802
From Oprah Winfrey to Angelina Jolie, George Clooney to Leonardo DiCaprio, Americans have come to expect that Hollywood celebrities will be outspoken advocates for social and political causes. However, that wasn't always the case. As Emilie Raymond shows, during the civil rights movement, the Stars for Freedom, a handful of celebrities both black and white, risked their careers by crusading for racial equality and forged the role of celebrity in American political culture.
Focusing on the "Leading Six" trailblazers--Harry Belafonte, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dick Gregory, and Sidney Poitier--Raymond reveals how they not only advanced the civil rights movement in front of the cameras, but also worked tirelessly behind the scenes, raising money for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legal defense, leading membership drives for the NAACP, and personally engaging with workaday activists to boost morale.
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