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Sun, 06.06.2004

First Black Woman wins Tony Award for Dramatic Lead Role

Phylicia Rashad

On this date in 2004, the first Black actress won a “Tony Award” for a leading dramatic role.

Phylicia Rashad made the theatrical history. She received the prize for her portrayal of Lena Younger, the tough-minded matriarch in a revival of "A Raisin in the Sun."

Rashad said in accepting the award: "Often I've wondered, what does it take for this to happen. And now I know. It takes effort and grace and in my life that grace has taken numerous forms. The first was the family into which I was born, parents who loved and wanted me, and a mother who fought fearlessly, courageously, consistently so that her children above all else could realize their full potential as human beings."

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