Terrific Woman Tuesday: Hattie McDaniel

Hello Beauties! This is the last Tuesday of February, which means Black History month is unfortunately coming to an end. However, this does not mean we forget about all the wonderful accomplishments black people have done. Together, we learned about the first black woman astronaut to go up in space, the first black female judge in the United States, and the first black woman to be appointed as an American Ballet Theatre principal dancer.

This Tuesday’s terrific woman is Hattie McDaniel. She was an actress and a radio performer. Hattie was the first African American to win an Oscar in 1940 for her supporting role in ‘Gone With the Wind.’ She also played a part in the films, ‘The Little Colonel’ and ‘Showboat.’ In 1911, Hattie organized an all-women’s minstrel show and she was performing and touring with many Vaudeville troops for several years.


After her death, the talented Hattie McDaniel was awarded not one, but two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was also inducted into the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame in 1975 and was honored with a commemorative U.S. postage stamp in 2006. It was a challenge for Hattie to be as successful and iconic as she was due to the racism that took place in media. But with hard work and a strong outer shell, she was able to make history. This Black History Month, we honor Hattie! #terrificwomantuesday


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