Monthly Archives: August 2011

Bert Williams: Star of the Ziegfeld Follies

With the breakup of the famous comedic team of Williams & Walker, Bert Williams quickly came into his own as a solo artist. In 1910, he joined the cast of the world-famous Ziegfeld Follies. During the ensuing decade, he’d become one of Broadway’s most beloved comedians and a great hero to African Americans. Even though he still wore blackface, he was finally able to create characters with universal appeal and rarely seen humanity. Continue reading