African American Hero of the Day

African American Almanac
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What actor who was well known in the 1920s for his roles in Eugene O'Neal plays was also active in civil rights and was accused of being a Communist?

  • The son of a slave, he lettered in twelve college sports and was a Presbyterian minister.
  • He was a polyglot, speaking Chinese, Russian, Gaelic, and Spanish.
  • His stage successes include roles in Porgy and Bess, Showboat, and Othello.
  • He once had his passport revoked for refusing to sign a statement that he was not a Communist.

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