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Broadway Black History Fact

In 1959, Lloyd Richards became the first African American to direct a play on Broadway, Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun

First African-American woman to direct on Broadway(1972): Vinette Justine Carroll (Don’t Bother Me, I Can’t Cope)

First published play by an African American was in 1858, The Escape; or, A Leap for Freedom by William Wells Brown

The first African American to win a Tony Award was Juanita Hall in 1950 (the 4th Tony ceremony). She received the Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance in South Pacific . …

Today on February 1,1965 Ruby Dee was the first African American actress to play a major role at the American Shakespeare Festival in Stratford Conn.