Image Gallery of African American Entertainers from Kentucky Now Available on UKnowledge

Explore some of the major contributions Kentucky has made to the entertainment industry in the U.S. and abroad with the latest image gallery available through UK Libraries' UKnowledge. Created by Special Collections librarian Reinette Jones, "Let's Dance: Yesterday's African American Entertainers from Kentucky" highlights Kentucky singers, dancers, musicians, playwrights, bandleaders and actors and actresses who also served as activists facing racial controversy in their careers, paving a better path for those to follow. 

This image gallery is based on a lecture Jones delivered on April 8, 2021, for the Donovan Forum Series hosted by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Kentucky. 

More information on African American entertainers from Kentucky may be found through the Notable Kentucky African Americans (NKAA) Database and the Kentucky Digital Newspaper Program

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