On this Date – Ethel Waters

On this Date – Ethel Waters

On 14 June 1939, Ethel Waters became the first African American star of a television show, when NBC aired the Ethel Waters Show. This one-time television variety show special featured musical performances, dramatic vignettes, and more.

To learn more about Ethel Waters, stop by the Blues Archive. Here’s a partial list of recordings by and works about Ethel Waters in the JD Williams Library.

 


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