Too Black For America: 1950's Beauty Helen Williams - The First African American Fashion Model >>Helen Williams was the 1st female African American fashion model to break into the mainstream. But it was the French, rather than the Americans, that embraced her.
Portrait of American actor Cicely Tyson, United States, 1968, photograph by Eve Arnold. Tyson, who most recently was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia University, still works in her 90s, and has in the past portrayed civil rights leader Coretta Scott King..
Teresa Graves spent a memorable season as a cast member of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (1969-70). After a highly successful 1974 TV movie, Get Christie Love!, she reprised the role in a weekly series (1974-75, ABC), becoming the first African American woman to star in her own hour-long TV drama series.