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African-American leftism refers to left-wing political currents that have developed among various African-American communities in the United States of America. These currents are active around social issues, and often call for an expansive state that aims at bringing about equality of outcome between the African-American community and White community and other minority groups.
Andrew Young – former mayor of Atlanta, congressman and first black person to serve as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
Mary McLeod Bethune – first black woman to serve as head of a federal agency
Cynthia McKinney – former Congresswoman from Georgia, 1993 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007. Presidential nominee of the Green Party of the United States in 2008
Jesse Jackson, Jr. – Congressman from Chicago
Martin Luther King, Jr. – prominent civil rights activist, Baptist minister, Nobel Peace Prize laureate
W. E. B. Du Bois – civil rights activist, sociologist, historian, writer, editor, poet, and scholar
Paul Robeson – actor, singer, athlete, and peace activist
Jesse Jackson – civil rights activist, head of the Rainbow Coalition
Fred Hampton, Jr. – founder of the National Peoples Democratic Uhuru Movement
A. Philip Randolph – Socialist who was active in the labor movement and the civil rights movement.
Assata Shakur – former Black Panther, convicted for allegedly murdering a New Jersey state trooper. Currently under political asylum in Cuba
Though some African-American entertainers have not expressed affiliation with a political party, they have been known to be critical of U.S. Government policies.
Ice Cube – rapper, actor
Ice-T – rapper, actor
Samuel L. Jackson – actor
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