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Stars for freedom : Hollywood, Black celebrities, and the civil rights movement

Author: Emilie Raymond
Publisher: Seattle : University of Washington Press, [2018] ©2015
Series: Capell family book.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Reveals that 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 shows how they not only advanced the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emilie Raymond
ISBN: 0295742674 9780295742670
OCLC Number: 1011209532
Notes: "A V Ethel Willis White Book."
Description: xviii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Cleaning up Catfish Row: Black celebrity and the making of Porgy and Bess --
Sammy Davis, Jr.: daring, deferential, and "money" --
Harry Belafonte and the Northern liberal network --
The Arts Group and the March on Washington --
Dick Gregory and celebrity grassroots activism --
Stars for Selma --
Celebrities and Black power.
Series Title: Capell family book.
Other Titles: Hollywood, Black celebrities, and the civil rights movement
Responsibility: Emilie Raymond.

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Reveals that 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 shows 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. He traces the careers of the Leading Six against the backdrop of the movement. Perhaps most revealing is the new light she sheds on Sammy Davis, Jr., exploring how his controversial public image allowed him to raise more money for the movement than any other celebrity. --From publisher description.

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