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Hattie won the award but she couldn't attend and accept her award because blacks were not allowed
originally posted by: matafuchs
1958 - First black nominee leading role for an Oscar
1963- First black Oscar winner for a leading role- Sidney Poitier
1939 - First black Osacr winner supporting role...Hattie McDaniel
Over 50 years ago for the first lead actor award...before the I have a dream speech. Before the Civil Rights movement.
Maybe Spike Lee should be teaching his children about Rebecca Lee Crumpler.