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  • Carmen Mercedes McRae (1920 - 1994)
    Carmen Mercedes McRae (April 8, 1920 – November 10, 1994) was an American jazz singer, composer, pianist, and actress. Considered one of the most influential jazz vocalists of the 20th century, it wa...
  • Esther Rolle (1920 - 1998)
    Esther Rolle was an American actor. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude for two seasons (1972–1974) and its spin-off series Good Times for five seasons (1...
  • Edith Spurlock, Esq (1898 - 1979)
    wikipedia listing Edith Sampson (c. 1898-1979) became America's first African American female judge after succeeding as a social worker, a lawyer, and an international advocate for democracy and free...
  • Susanna Anthony Robberts (c.1638 - d.)
    see page 160 of Freedmen of New Netherland " Family responsibility was not only dictated by law. After the death of the parents of Jochem anthony Robberts, his sister and guardian Susanna a free Negr...
  • Lare (or Hilary) Criolyo (1627 - 1683)
    • Lare Criolyo was born a black or 1/2 black Creole slave (half Caribbean Euro/Portuguese/Spanish, & half black). Capt. Jan de Vries came to New Netherland in 1644 and brought Hilary with him. He had b...

Known and unknown Black actresses, comediennes, dancers, sports figures, and musicians that are alive or deceased. They made many contributions and accomplishments to motion pictures and the stage. Check out the Documents section for photos and posters. See below for bios, filmographies and our Links section for more info on these legends. Join us as we pay tribute to these fabulous and often unheralded women.

Some names were taken from the State Farm Insurance Presents A Journey into 366 Days of Black History, 2000 Calendar. Published by 10KTS Productions.


(Some Legends already have a Geni profile, for example Bessie Smith, see on right hand of page