Dorothy Dandridge had been singing, dancing and acting for years when the role of Carmen Jones came along. It was a crucial juncture in her career, a career during which she’d endured countless humiliations in segregated performance halls, and struggled to truly leave her cabaret days behind to become a Hollywood star. The Carmen role — opposite Harry Belafonte—was a rare opportunity to star with an all-black cast. But was it really revolutionary, or simply on-screen segregation?
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The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become charter members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution. (Website).