Category: Theatre/the Arts

  • Sat, 1925-07-11

    *Mattiwilda Dobbs was born on this date in 1925. She was an African American operatic and gospel singer.

    Named for a grandmother, Mattie...

  • Fri, 1925-07-24

    *Adelle Addison was born on this date in 1925. She is an African American concert soprano.

    From New York City, her early education took...

  • Mon, 1925-10-12

    Charles Gordone was born on this date in 1925. He was an African American playwright, director, actor, and educator.

    Born Charles Edward...

  • Wed, 1926-07-21

    *Josephine Premice was born on this date in 1926. She was an African American actress and singer known for her work on the Broadway stage....

  • Fri, 1926-07-30

    Betye Irene Saar was born on this date in 1926. She is an African American artist and educator, famous for collages that lampoon racist attitudes...

  • Mon, 1926-10-11

    *Earle Hyman was born on this date in 1926. He was an African and Native American stage and television actor.

    Born in Rocky Mount,...

  • Thu, 1927-02-10

    *Leontyne Price was born on this date in 1927. She is an African American operatic singer.

    From Laurel, Miss., Mary Violet Leontine...

  • Sat, 1927-05-14

    On this date in 1927, Artis Lane was born. She is an African Canadian sculptor, painter, and printmaker.

    Born Artis Marie Shreve in...

  • Sun, 1927-10-02

    *Jimmy Slyde was born on this date in 1927. He was an African American tap dancer and choreographer.

    Born James T. Godbolt in Atlanta,...

  • Thu, 1928-04-05

    Will Gaines was born on this date in 1928. He is an African-American dancer, the last in a long line of Jazz Hoofers.

    He was born in...

  • Sat, 1928-05-26

    Leimert Park, an area is considered the center of the African American arts scene in Los Angeles, CA, is celebrated on this date's Registry....

  • Sat, 1928-06-23

    William Merriette Pleasant, Jr., an African American artist, was born on this date in 1928.

    He was born in Savannah, GA, and a graduate...

  • Mon, 1928-09-10

    On this date in 1928, Thorton Dial, Sr., was born. He is an African American painter and sculptor.

    He was born in Livingston, AL, where...

  • Wed, 1930-10-08

    On this date in 1930, Faith Ringgold was born in New York City. She is an African American artist who has spent her career breaking out of...

  • Mon, 1931-01-05

    Alvin Ailey was born on this date in 1931. He was an African American dancer and choreographer, and founding director of the Alvin Ailey American...

  • Sun, 1931-05-31

    Shirley Verrett was born on this date in 1931. She is an African American opera singer and one of the leading sopranos in the world.

    She...

  • Sun, 1931-08-02

    On this date, Philippa D. Schuyler was born in 1931. She was an African American concert pianist.

    Born in New York, her father, George S...

  • Sun, 1931-09-13

    Adrienne Kennedy, an African American playwright, was born on this date in 1931.

    She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to loving...

  • Mon, 1932-02-29

    *Reri Grist was born on this date in 1932. She is an African American classical vocalist and educator.

    From in New York City, she grew...

  • Wed, 1933-03-29

    *Eugene E. White was born on this date in 1933. He is an African American artist.

    From Ozan, Arkansas, White's roots are where many of...