Etta Moten Performs at the Carroll Auditorium

Never heard of Etta Moten? Neither did I until I looked her up. Ms. Moten was the first black actress to appear on screen in a roll other than as a Mammy or Maid. She was a philanthropist and activist. She is best known for a little Gershwin Broadway play called, Porgy and Bess. She created the role of Bess. I am very surprised such an important singer agreed to sing a local composition! Look at who wrote it! This concert would have taken place on January 4, 1938.

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