Jackman, Van Vechten, Gay Boys

tw971 Member Photo

Clipped by tw971

Jackman, Van Vechten, Gay Boys - Biggest Bcrcfh Fcr Actcrs GdH By WILLIAM I....
Biggest Bcrcfh Fcr Actcrs GdH By WILLIAM I. CLARK The first annual benefit for the I'tgTo Actors Guild, staged under the personal direction of Bill Rob inson at the Forty - sixth Street Theatre last. Sunday night proved not only one of the greatest snows of the season but also ta be an other testimonial to the popularity of Harlem 'a most! .. outstanding personality. Bill himself. One of Robinson's best boasts is that he has' played more benefits than any other living star, and last week some of the organizations whom he had aided had an opportunity to show their appreciation, and did. The theatre - was crowded, with the orchestra teats selling at $5 and $10 each. la addition, Mr. Robinson announced that he had received something like $850 in f ish and checks from interested mem bers of the profession. That Robinson's friends are legion was attested by the fact that a Catholic priest came all the way from Buffalo to show his in terest in the cause. He was Fath er Clement Buckley who in a few well chosen remarks asked his audience, largely white, wot to forget to speak out in behalf of the most persecuted - minority group m the world, the Negro, in their de mands for justice. The show itself opened with Tbe Roxyettes and was climaxed with a solo by Miss Marian Anderson, now the world's leading concert artist. Between these acts for three and a half hours, some of the bigsest names on Broadway became an:mate across the footlights and kept the crowd en thralled with their entertainment, despite the lenght of the program. Actually appearing on the bill were: Eddie Cantor, Cappv Bar riet and His Harmonica Rascals, Milton Berle. Fats Waller. Bill Gaxton and Victor Moore. Sophie TorWr, Harry Herschfield. Fath er John McCormick and Rabbi Bernard Bernstein. Ben Louis Armstrong, Ted Friend. Hall Johnson's Choir. ' Hrnnv Yow.gman, Dave Apollo, the Kadio City Ballet. Mark Plant Nancy Healy (niece of Daa Healy, the master of ceremonies), , Beanr Fields. Dtke Ellinelon. Filwl Waters. Cab Ca!oway and the Cotton Club revue, which included the Barry Brothers, W. C Handy, tire I Nicholas Brothers and tbe Cotton Club Chorus. , Elmer A. Carter, editor of Opportunity and a member of th Un employment ' Insurance Appeals Board, tlianke the performers and audience for their support of the Negro Actors Guild in their initial benefit, and told of some of the objectives of that organization. Remarks of thanks were also made by Miss Fredi Washington, exec utive secretary of the Guild, an! by Bill Robinson, who also entertained and introduced a group of children the Phitly Hillbillies and a six year oM girl whom he had trained to dance. Another amazing child star,, a three year old white girl, did some amazing leats (of memory. ' Among the distinguished audi ence were many notables in the theatrical and civic life of New York, including Gene Buck, pres ident of the Association of Corn posers and Authors; Commissioner Edward P. Mulrooney of the Stat Department of Corrections, and many others. Among Those . Present Floyd G. Snelson, who knows mora New .Yorkers thaa any other Hartemite, noted the following among those attending the bench t: Prof. Sterling Brown of Howard University, Mr. and Mrs. Walter White, J. Rosamond Johnson, Will Yodery, Dr. and Mrs.. Louis T. Wright Tax Commissioner Hubert T. Dclany. Lt and Mrs. Samuel J. Battle, Dr. Charles Harris,' Dr. and Mrs. C B. Powell, Dr. and Mrs. P. M. H. Savory. Mr. and Mrs. Roy Wilkias, Dr. Clarence Hogans. Also Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bragg, uiief Williams of Grand Central Station; Carl Vaa Vecten. Harold Jackman, Mr. and Mrs. Irank Srhiffman, Miss Wilhelmina Adams, Miss Edna Thomas, Miss Alberta Hunter, Miss Laura Bow man, Louis Mitchell. Mrs. Fannie Robinson. Miss Marion Boyd, Mrs. Carol Lowe - Anderson, W. C Handy Jr Nat Dnr If man, Wm. Cramp - ton, Mrs. Lillian . Hunter. . Mc Ckarv Stinette. Miss Inelle Wal ton, Mr. aad Mrs. Wm. De Mont Evans. Al Monroe, Miss Maria Mc Cleary. Wm. EL Clark. Dan Barley. Miss Dorothy Conyera, K01 Ottley. C C De Miilc. Loa Lavne. The Sonthernaires. Mr. and Mrs. Kobert P. Braddickt. Mrs. Geral dya Diamond, Mrs. Florence De

Clipped from
  1. The New York Age,
  2. 17 Dec 1938, Sat,
  3. Page 7

tw971 Member Photo
  • Jackman, Van Vechten, Gay Boys

    tw971 – 10 Sep 2013

Want to comment on this Clipping? Sign up for a free account, or sign in