Bert Williams

  • Born in the Bahamas in 1876
  • Grew up in Riverside, California
  • Met George Walker in 1893 and presided him to start a musical comedy Act
  • Billed themselves as “Two Real Coons”
  • Made fashionable dances based on African Dance
  • Rejuvenated the Cakewalk
  • By 1902 the duo started producing musicals, (In Dahomey)
  • First African American to dance with Ziegfeld Follies
  • Only Black performer on Broadway from 1913 to 1917
  • Williams was also a comedian and composer
  • Died March 4, 1922

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