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Created by:
National Black Theatre, American, founded 1968  Search this
Subject of:
Clarice Taylor, American, 1917 - 2011  Search this
Moms Mabley, American, 1897 - 1975  Search this
Dinah Washington, American, 1924 - 1963  Search this
Billie Holiday, American, 1915 - 1959  Search this
Mahalia Jackson, American, 1911 - 1972  Search this
Ma Rainey, American, 1886 - 1939  Search this
ink on paper
H x W x D (Closed): 8 1/2 × 5 1/2 × 1/16 in. (21.6 × 14 × 0.2 cm)
H x W (Open): 8 1/2 × 12 in. (21.6 × 30.5 cm)
Place used:
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Program for "An Evening of Comedy With Jackie Moms Mabley and Her Ladies," written by and starring Clarice Taylor. The performance was presented by the National Black Theatre, Inc. from April 17-May 25, 2003. At the top of the cover is a band in a gradient from black to white with black text. It reads [NATIONAL BLACK THEATRE, INC. / Dr. Barbara Ann Teer, Founder & CEO / Mabil Falson & Jackie Jeffries Associate Producers]. Below is a black and white photographic image of Clarice Taylor dressed for her role as Moms Mabley. Taylor is wearing a floppy hat, house dress, and large, unbuttoned shirt. Behind her is a brick wall with [MOMS] written in white. The "o" in Moms is a heart. Black text on the bottom half reads [AN EVENING OF COMEDY WITH / JACKIE MOMS MABLEY / AND HER LADIES / WRITTEN BY & STARRING / CLARICE TAYLOR / FEATURING / JOHN STANLEY / APRIL 17TH THROUGH MAY 25TH, 2003]. Other actresses portrayed Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, Mahalia Jackson, and Ma Rainey in the show. The program includes cast biographies and information about the National Black Theatre.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Comedy (Theatre)  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of William and James Thomas and family in memory of Clarice Taylor
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Restrictions & Rights:
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National Museum of African American History and Culture