Cicely Tyson, James Baldwin, Arthur Mitchell (dancer and founder, Dance Theatre of Harlem) and Harry Belafonte attend the “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” gala on January 1969 at the Cherry Lane Theater in New York City. Photo by Ron Galella.
Oscar Micheaux was born on January in Metropolis, Illinois. He became an independent filmmaker after making a movie about his homestead in South Dakota. He went on make more than 45 films for African American audiences starring black actors and a