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On this Date - Ethel Waters

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 9:56am


Greg Johnson

Image of Ethel Waters

On 14 June 1939, Ethel Waters became the first African American star of a television show, when NBC aired the Ethel Waters Show. This one-time television variety show special featured musical performances, dramatic vignettes, and more. 

Columbia Records blues artists poster.

To learn more about Ethel Waters, stop by the Blues Archive. Here's a partial list of recordings by and works about Ethel Waters in the JD Williams Library.