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Beauties With a Conscience

In honor of what would've been Elizabeth Taylor's 83rd birthday today, we take a look at her along with four other classic film actresses whose passion for humanitarian causes were as strong as their celebrity.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States. He preserved the Union during the U.S. Civil War and brought about the emancipation of slaves.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • Lawyer,
  • U.S. Representative,
  • U.S. President
  • (1809–1865)

Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. was a Baptist minister and social activist, who led the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • Minister
  • (1929–1968)

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, created specialized hair products for African-American hair and was one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • Philanthropist,
  • Entrepreneur
  • (1867–1919)

Hank Aaron

Considered one of the best baseball players of all time, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home-run record when he hit his 715th home run in 1974. He later set a new MLB record with 755 career home runs.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • Baseball Player
  • (1934–)

Charles Drew

Charles Drew was an African-American surgeon who pioneered methods of storing blood plasma for transfusion and organized the first large-scale blood bank in the U.S.
  • Doctor,
  • Surgeon
  • (1904–1950)

Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s.
  • Civil Rights Activist,
  • Journalist
  • (1862–1931)

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