By Jessie Carney Smith

A exceptional old examine of black success. – Houston Chronicle. Readers will enjoy the tales of barrier-breaking pioneers in all fields-arts, leisure, enterprise, civil rights, schooling, executive, inventing, journalism, faith, technology, activities, and extra. and they'll have fun of their triumphs. With enormous quantities of illustrations and an everyday calendar of firsts, this ebook is the end result of many hours of labor, braveness, and perseverance, the precise features represented within. A testomony to a wealthy yet frequently ignored a part of historical past, this chronicle unearths tales of a humans overcoming adversity to emerge effective and celebrates those that have received own victories opposed to the forces arrayed opposed to them.

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1927– ) singer, actor, and civil rights crusader, was the first black to have an hour-long special on television. Born in New 17 Arts & Entertainment > Drama, Dramatists, and Theater York City, he lived in Jamaica from 1935 to 1940. He received a Tony Award in 1954 for a supporting role in John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. In 1966 Belafonte was the first black to produce a major show for television. During President John F. Kennedy’s administration, he became the first cultural advisor to the Peace Corps.

1891 • The Creole Show, an all-black production in New York City with a white promoter, John Isham, was the first minstrel show to introduce black women into the cast. In the finale Dora Dean and Charles Johnson introduced the first theatrical cake-walk, derived from the old plantation chalk-line walk. It also is one of the first shows in which black performers did not wear black face. Sources: Emery, Black Dance, pp. 207–09; Johnson, Black Manhattan, pp. 95–96; Thorpe, Black Dance, pp. 28–29, 53.

Hearts in Dixie was also the first black-oriented all-talking, all-singing film from a major company. Sources: Bergman, The Chronological History of the Negro in America, p. 447; Kane, Famous First Facts, p. 401; Klotman, Frame by Frame, pp. 217–18, 227; Southern, The Music of Black Americans, pp. 436–437. 1929 • Nina Mae McKinney (1912–1967) was cast in the starring role as Chick in King Vidor’s film Hallelujah—the first all-black musical—and in March became the first “black temptress” in talking pictures.

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