Rita Moreno, Star Civil Rights Activist

On August 9, 1963, civil rights leaders marched through downtown Los Angeles, California to protest the city’s failure to integrate its schools.  Among them was superstar Rita Moreno, a Puerto Rican actress, singer, dancer and political activist.  This was not Moreno’s first contribution to the civil rights movement; she also supported campaigns led by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. and in 1964 briefly worked for King’s Southern Christian Leadership Conference.  She is the only woman in the entertainment industry to win all four top awards: Oscar, Grammy, Tony, and Emmy.  (Photo by The Heart Truth)

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