Evelyn Preer - One of the first African American silent screen actors to transition into sound Hollywood films. Her versatility as a dramatic actor led her to Hollywood where she became a contract player for Paramount Studios.
Soprano Gloria Davy, photographed by Carl Van Vechten on February in character as Aida. A few days earlier, on February she was the first African American to sing the famous role at The Metropolitan Opera. Photo: Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Dorothy Dandridge – American film and theatre actress, singer and dancer. She was the first African-American actress to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance in the 1954 film Carmen Jones.
Reri Grist (February is an American coloratura soprano, one of the pioneer African-American singers to enjoy a major international career in opera. A little known fact: Reri was in the original cast of "West Side Story" on Broadway.