July 3: Bernie Schwartz and Harry Belafonte

On this date in 1953, Harry Belafonte appeared on the cover of Ebony magazine with his former acting school classmate Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh, who was married to Curtis. It was the first time that white and black Hollywood stars appeared together on the cover of a U.S. magazine (Ebony‘s premiere issue in November, […]

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February 14: Jack Benny

Jack Benny (Benjamin Kubelsky) was born on this day in 1894. One of America’s favorite comedians on radio, television and in film, Benny was married to Sadye Marks, whom some say was a cousin of the Marx Brothers and who played his stage girlfriend  in most of the incarnations of his show. Another key character, […]

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January 16: Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall

Benny Goodman blew the lid off Carnegie Hall on this date in 1938, in a legendary jazz concert that made the “uptown” (i.e., Black) music respectable among the midtown set. The “King of Swing” was joined onstage by Lionel Hampton, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Teddy Wilson and other Black musicians, marking the first time that […]

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Pilgrimage to Atlanta

Negro & White Women, United, Travel to Petition Governor Talmadge to Free Mrs. Rosa Lee Ingram, Victim of Oppression Originally published in the February, 1954 issue of Jewish Life   IT WAS A COLD DECEMBER MORNING when 23 of us, white and Negro women, marched onto the train at New York’s Penn Station with our banner, […]

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