Monday, May 20, 2013

John Malveaux: 'First Black Star To Perform in White House 1933' was Etta Moten Barnett

Moten as Bess in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess, 1943

John Malveaux of names the first Black Star to perform in the White House:

Soprano Ella Moten Barnett

John Malveaux

1 comment:

Givonna Joseph, said...

So she is the first in the 20th Century? I did not know much about her.
She follows:
Marie Selika who performed for President Hayes in 1878.
And Sissieretta Jones in 1892 for President Harrison!