Today in History: Alice Childress Becomes the First African American Woman to Receive An Obie Award

On this day in 1955, Alice Childress becomes the first African American woman to Receive an Obie Award.

In 1965, she was featured in the BBC presentation “The Negro in the American Theatre”.

From 1966 to 1968, she was awarded as a scholar-in-residence by Harvard University at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

Alice Childress is also known for her literary works, among these are Those Other People (1989) and A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich (1973).

Her 1979 novel “A Short Walk” was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.


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