Bert Williams was one of the most important African-American performers in the history of the American stage. He became one of the first African-American superstars and starred in what was arguably the first African-American plays on Broadway. Now, actor and playwright Jeremy Morris is sharing Williams’s story in a new play, The Top of Bravery.

Bert Williams, photographed c. 1911. Via the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library.

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Hattie McIntosh, George Walker, Aida Overton Walker, Bert Williams, and Lottie Williams performing in In Dahomey, c. 1903. Via the Billy Rose Theatre Collection at the New York Public Library.

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