Category: Theatre/the Arts

  • Sun, 1913-04-20

    On this date we celebrate the birth of Gwendolyn Knight in 1913. She was an African American sculptor.

    From Barbados, West Indies, she...

  • Sat, 1913-05-17

    "Buster" Brown’s birth in 1913 is celebrated on this date. He was an African American Tap dancer and entertainer.

    From Baltimore, MD...

  • Sat, 1913-09-13

    Cholly Atkins was born on this date in 1913. He was an African American choreographer and dancer.

    Born Charles Atkinson in Pratt City, AL...

  • Tue, 1913-12-09

    L. C. "Speedy" Huggins, an African American dancer and musician, was born on this date in 1913.

    Huggins was born in Ft. Smith, AR. His...

  • Mon, 1914-02-02

    *On this date in 1914 William Ellisworth Artis was born. He was an African-American artist.

    From Washington, N.C. young Artis moved to...

  • Tue, 1914-02-03

    *Inge Hardison was born on this date in 1914. She is an African American sculptor and photographer.

    From Portsmouth, Virginia She...

  • Fri, 1914-04-10

    Noah Ryder was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American conductor, singer and educator.

    From Nashville, TN., Noah Francis...

  • Tue, 1914-05-26

    *Frankie Manning was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American dancer and choreographer.

    From Jacksonville, Florida and...

  • Tue, 1914-10-20

    *Fayard Nicholas was born on this date in 1914. He was an African American dancer and choreographer.

    From Mobile, Alabama, a family...

  • Fri, 1915-01-08

    The founding of the Karamu House in 1915 is celebrated on this date. Located in Cleveland, OH, the Karamu house is the oldest Black Theater...

  • Thu, 1915-04-15

    On this date in 1915, Elizabeth Catlett was born. She was an African American sculptor, currently a leader of the genre in Mexico.

    From...

  • Sat, 1915-06-19

    *Henry LeTang was born on this date in 1915. He was an African American choreographer.

    Born in Harlem, he was the son of Clarence &...

  • Mon, 1915-09-20

    *Hughie Lee Smith was born on this date in 1915,. He was an African American artist.

    From Eustis Florida, his parents were Luther and...

  • Mon, 1916-01-10

    *Eldzier Cortor was born on this date in 1916. He was an African American artist.

    He was born in Richmond, VA, to John and Ophelia...

  • Tue, 1916-08-15

    *Jeni Le Gon was born on this date in 1916. She was an African American dancer and actress.

    Born and raised near the south side of...

  • Thu, 1916-10-12

    On this date in 1920, Alice Childress was born. She was an African American playwright, novelist, and actress. She was known for her realistic...

  • Sun, 1917-01-07

    *Ulysses Kay was born on this date in 1917. He was an African American musician and composer.

    From Tucson, Arizona he was the son of...

  • Wed, 1917-03-07

    *Janet Collins, an African American ballet dancer and painter, was born on this date in 1917.

    From New Orleans, Louisiana, she moved...

  • Fri, 1917-09-07

    Jacob Lawrence, an African American artist and educator, was born in this date in 1917. Lawrence was among the best-known 20th century African-...

  • Fri, 1917-11-02

    *Beryl McBurnie was born on this date in 1917. She was a Trinidadian dancer, instructor and administrator.

    From Woodbrook, Trinidad her...