Slideshow: Black Americans who fought for our independence

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With the upcoming celebration of the 4th of July — our country’s independence from Great Britain — there are abolitionists and civil rights activists who paved the way for our independence from slavery, Jim Crow and other oppressive regimes. Check out the slideshow below of the African-American activists who devoted themselves to fighting for our freedom.

Some of these black iconic activists include Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King Jr.., Malcolm X and Rosa Parks to name a few.