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Mon, 09.17.1962

The First Black Actor is Cast in an American TV Soap Opera

Rex Ingram

On this date in 1962, the first Black actor integrated American day time television.  Rex Ingram, appeared as an ordained minister named Victor Graham on the show "A Brighter Day."

In August on that year, the show made history by creating the first daytime television contract role for an Black, but had no time to make much of an impact, as the show was cancelled two weeks later on September 28.

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