Category: Theatre/the Arts

  • Sun, 1906-06-03

    Josephine Baker, an African American French expatriate dancer and singer, was born on this date in 1906.

    Baker was born Freda Josephine...

  • Mon, 1907-01-07

    The birth of Mae Barnes in 1907 is celebrated on this date. She was an African American dancer and singer whose basic swinging approach fell...

  • Mon, 1907-01-07

    *Leonard Reed was born on this date in1907. He was an African American, Native American dancer, composer, choreographer and showman.

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  • Mon, 1907-08-12

    *Gladys Bentley was born on this date in 1907. She was an African American singer and entertainer.

    She was the oldest of 4 children born...

  • Tue, 1907-11-26

    Rudolph Dunbar was born on this date in 1907. He was a Guyanese conductor, clarinetist, and composer.

    Dunbar was born in Nabaclis,...

  • Thu, 1907-11-28

    On this date we celebrate the birth of Charles Alston in 1907. He was an African American artist and teacher.

    Charles Henry Alston was...

  • Thu, 1908-01-16

    *Ralph Cooper was born on this date in 1908. He was an African American actor and entertainment administrator.

    From New York City, he...

  • Thu, 1908-02-20

    *Ruby Elzy was born on this date in 1908. She was an African American opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film.

    A native of...

  • Sat, 1908-07-18

    On this date in 1908, The Frogs Club was organized in New York. The Frogs was a group of African American theatrical professionals.

    It...

  • Thu, 1909-04-08

    *On this date in 1909, James Hampton was born. He was an African American folk artist.

    Born in Elloree, South Carolina, his father was...

  • Fri, 1909-07-23

    Norman Lewis was born on this date in 1909. He was an African American painter.

    Norman Wilfred Lewis was born in Harlem, New York. He...

  • Sun, 1910-03-20

    *Allan Rohan Crite was born on this date in 1910. He was an African American painter.

    From Plainfield, New Jersey, he moved to Boston as...

  • Wed, 1910-06-22

    Katherine Dunham was born on this date in 1910. She was an African American choreographer and dancer.

    Born in Chicago, Dunham received...

  • Fri, 1911-02-10

    *On this date in 1911, Kapo was born. He was an Afro Caribbean painter and sculptor.

    From Byuloss in Saint Catherine parish in Jamaica,...

  • Sun, 1911-04-02

    On this date in 1911 Charles “Honi” Coles, an African American tap dancer, was born.

    A native of Philadelphia, Honi Coles developed his...

  • Sat, 1911-06-24

    Portia White, an African Canadian classical singer, was born on this date in 1911.

    Portia May White was born in the town of Truro, Nova...

  • Sat, 1911-09-02

    On this date in 1911, Romare Bearden, African American and one of the 20th century’s most important artists, was born.

    Born Fred Howard...

  • Mon, 1912-01-29

    *The Lafayette Theatre is celebrated on this date. In New York, this was one of the first stage houses in America where Black artist performed...

  • Fri, 1912-08-09

    *On this date Anne Wiggins Brown was born in 1912, She was an African American singer and entertainer.

    Had it not been for Brown, George...

  • Thu, 1912-08-29

    *Thelma Streat was born on this date in 1912. She was an African American Artist, Dancer, Educator and Folklorist.

    Born Thelma Johnson in...