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Wed, 08.30.1944

Anna Lucasta Premiers on Broadway

Anna Lucasta (movie)poster, 1958

On this date in 1944, the play "Anna Lucasta" opened on Broadway.

The American Negro Theater produced this first all-Black production with a non-racial theme. It starred Hilda Simms and Frederick O'Neal. The setting was the Lucasta living room in Pennsylvania and Noah's Bar in Brooklyn, in early 1941.

Written by Philip Yordan, the story about a waterfront prostitute had a very successful run of over 950 performances. The play was filmed in 1958, starring Eartha Kitt and Sammy Davis Jr.

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The African American Atlas
Black History & Culture an Illustrated Reference
by Molefi K. Asanta and Mark T. Mattson
Macmillan USA, Simon & Schuster, New York
ISBN 0-02-864984-2

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Poetry Corner

To be a Negro on a day like this Demands forgiveness. Bruised with blow on blow, Betrayed, like him whose woe dimmed eyes gave bliss, Still must one succor... AT THE CLOSED GATE OF JUSTICE by James David Corrothers.
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