Profiles
Bert Williams

The complexity and genius of the first Black comedian ever to star on Broadway are subjects worthy of a lifetime's study. The videos below provide an excellent introduction to the life, artistry, and impact of this tragically obscure American icon. 

To face the music in this country, one must reckon with the legacy and ongoing permutations of blackface minstrelsy. 

"The man with a real sense of humor is the man who can put himself in the spectator's place and laugh at his own misfortunes." - Bert Williams

 

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