go to the ElectricEmperor.com home page

LASTING REMNANTS

    Even though blackface disappeared as law in the late 1920s, as late as the 1960s, black entertainers (such as Harry Belafonte and Sammy Davis, Jr.) still had to go in the back door of theatrical establishments, bars, etc.; by law!

    They couldn’t rent a hotel room in Las Vegas or Miami Beach—even while being the headline act.

    Ben Vereen’s 1981 Presidential Inauguration performance for Ronald Reagan presented this country’s turn of the century Blackface/Jim Crow laws in a great story, about black comic genius Bert Williams (circa 1890 to 1920).

    Vereen had been invited to perform for the Reagan Inauguration and had accepted only on the condition that he could tell the entire “Blackface” story—but the whole first half of Vereen’s show, depicting Bert Williams and blackface, was censored by Reagan’s people on ABC TV, contrary to the special agreement Vereen had with the Reagan people.

German/Deutsche übersetzung

the authorized on-line version of Jack Herer’s “The Emperor Wears No Clothes”
text from “The Emperor Wears No Clothes” © Jack Herer
CD-ROM and web presentation © 0=2

Donate now!

ElectricEmperor is a visitor supported educational web site

$100 donation   $25 donation   $10 donation


previous page next page
previous page Chapter 13 next page