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Dorothy Dandridge

1922-1965
Born November 9, 1922, in Cleveland, Ohio, Dorothy Dandridge sang at Harlem’s Cotton Club and Apollo Theatre and became the first African American woman to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress. Many years passed before the entertainment industry acknowledged Dandridge’s legacy (2011, A&E Television Networks).

“Dorothy Dandridge is a hero in my eyes because she stood up for what she believed in. She was one of the first black actresses to have a real main role as anything besides a maid or a caretaker. She also stood up for her rights, like she would not perform or act in a movie if they would not give her equal rights”.

“Dorothy Dandridge has influenced me to fight for what I want, and if there is a will, there is a way. Dorothy taught me that you shouldn’t give up and, if you try hard enough, you will see results. She also influenced me to be grateful and look at life differently because at one time things weren’t always as they are now, and it’s because of people like her we can do the things we do now”.

“In conclusion, Dorothy Dandridge was a hero and will always be a hero in my eyes. She not only opened doors, I doubt that I would have been able to enter without her, she also held her head high while doing it. She once said “If I were white, I could capture the world.” If it was this day and time, she truly would have”.
(Artist Hero: Dorothy Dandridge by Jasmine from New Haven, The My Hero Project, Inc., 2010)

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