Our Mixed Chicks Black History Month woman of distinction today is Hattie McDaniel. She is the first African American to win an Academy Award.
Born and raised in Witchita, Kansas, McDaniel got her start in the 1932 film The Golden West where she played a mammy-maid role. She then went on to play several similar roles in other films right up to her Academy nominated role for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the Academy Award winning best film Gone with the Wind.
After winning the award, she played bit parts on the radio show Amos ‘N Andy and even had her own radio show Beluh that ran from 1947-1951.
She is an inspiration to all African American actors and actresses as she represented the importance of perseverance, determination and resilience. She will forever be the first African American to win the prestigious Academy Award and will remain a source of pride for aspiring actors and actresses of color around the world!