For nearly twenty years, she warmed hearts and shared the stage with Billy Graham at his Crusades. Starting Feb. 1 and running through March 31, legendary African-American actress, singer and entertainer Ethel Waters will be celebrated at the Billy Graham Library.

The exhibit will include memorabilia highlighting Ms. Waters’ early career, including her work in the Broadway musical “Mamba’s Daughters” in which she became the first African-American to star in a dramatic performance role. Also featured in the exhibit are rare photos from her years singing at Billy Graham Crusades.

An award-winning vocalist and actress, Ms. Waters began her career as a jazz singer. In 1933, she secured the lead role in “As Thousands Cheer” making her the first African-American to receive equal billing status in a Broadway musical. Ms. Waters became the second African-American to be nominated for an Academy Award and three of her songs can be found in the GRAMMY® Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the Christian Music Hall of Fame and Gospel Music Hall of Fame.


When: February 1st, 2012 – March 31st, 2012

Location: Billy Graham Library (4330 Westmont Dr)

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