Ethel Waters October 31, 1896 – September 1, 1977 In 1962, Ethel Waters became the first black actress to be nominated for an Emmy. She was recognized for her guest appearance on the “Goodnight Sweet Blues” episode of Route 66.
“In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in.” The Great Dictator (1940)