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10 Celebrities Who Might Have Led Rebellions During Slavery

The idea that enslaved Blacks were docile and submissive “Sambos,” who accepted and enjoyed the benefits of paternalistic master-slave relationships on plantations, was debunked in the Atlanta Black Star article “15 Black Uprisings Against European and Arab Oppression They Won’t Teach in Schools.”

That spirit, which refused to be broken, can still be seen in the descendants of those Africans who persistently resisted bowing to degradation and humiliation by their oppressors. It is clearly demonstrated by a number of Black celebrities who, in the face of losing status and wealth, refused to compromise their integrity by accepting the status quo dictated by the masters of power and influence.

Here’s a list of 10 of those celebrities who, based on their principled behavior, we believe would have stood up against the mistreatment of Black people during slavery.



Angela Davis has dedicated her life to the Black struggle. After the prominent activist and radical thinker of the 1960s was charged with aggravated kidnapping and first degree murder in the death of  Marin County Judge Harold Haley, she fled California, becoming the third woman to appear on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitive List. When she was later captured and brought to trial, she was acquitted by an all-white jury.



In 1967 when Muhammad Ali refused to fight in the Vietnam War, he was stripped of his heavyweight boxing titles by The New York State Athletic Commission and the World Boxing Association and faced imprisonment. This is what the boxing champ had to say then:

“I ain’t draft dodging. I ain’t burning no flag. I ain’t running to Canada. I’m staying right here. You want to send me to jail? Fine, you go right ahead. I’ve been in jail for 400 years. I could be there for four or five more, but I ain’t going no 10,000 miles to help murder and kill other poor people. If I want to die, I’ll die right here, right now, fightin’ you, if I want to die. You my enemy, not no Chinese, no Vietcong, no Japanese. You my opposer when I want freedom. You my opposer when I want justice. You my opposer when I want equality. Want me to go somewhere and fight for you? You won’t even stand up for me right here in America, for my rights and my religious beliefs. You won’t even stand up for my rights here at home.”



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16 thoughts on “10 Celebrities Who Might Have Led Rebellions During Slavery

  1. Gary M. Nelson says:

    KaKa is rite. Angela would mos def have led a rebellion. That look says so much … doesn't it ???!!!???!!! (^.^)

  2. Mel Mel says:

    How Pac isn't on this list is Crazy, every read the true story of how and why he shot those cops and beat it.

  3. Tracy Dornelly says:

    Pac would've definitely lead a rebellion but it looks like its only celebs who are alive.

  4. Dime Wars says:

    I would role with Tu Pac as well, but he is not with us any more. I would role with Angela all day.

  5. A slave rebellion wasn't a popularity contest. The people who would have led a slave rebellion are the ones who speak out right now.

  6. Steven Butler says:

    Ali was the greatest >>> Period

  7. Alan Williams says:

    Malcolm X fo sho. Ali would have slowed us down, he talked too much. (that's a funny)

  8. Da Troof says:

    idk about kanye

  9. Teese Powell says:

    This is a nice fantasy piece. Perhaps they would have. But they are certainly not leading any rebellions in the New Jim Crow era we are currently experiencing. Make no mistake. Slavrery, Legislative Jim Crow is over, but the New Jim Crow- the lynching of our young men at rates 400% of any other race in the US is NOT being lead or addressed by any of these supposed leaders

  10. William Stormes says:


  11. Kanye West hmm doubt it very much.

  12. Taji Hailey says:

    No Chuck D? KRS? or are they not celebrity enough??

  13. former NBA star Larry Johnson? he caught hell talking about racial issues during the NBA finals when the whole world was watching!!

  14. Angela Davis is fighting the prison industrial complex in this country and across the globe.

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