Black Actors Who Won Emmy Awards

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  • Bill Cosby
  • Whitney Houston
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Sarah Vaughan
  • Esther Rolle
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Leontyne Price
  • Wayne Brady
  • Spike Lee
  • Halle Berry Emmy Awards
  • Isabel Sanford
  • Cicely Tyson
  • Lynn Whitfield
  • Alfre Woodard
  • S. Epatha Merkerson
  • Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Olivia Cole
  • Louis Gossett, Jr.
  • James Earl Jones
  • Laurence Fishburne
  • Charles Dutton
  • Loretta Devine
  • Jackée Harry
  • Gail Fisher
  • Madge Sinclair
  • Ruby Dee

Harry Belafonte

The King of Calypso was one of the few entertainers who could transcend the racial tension of the 1960s, and in 1960 he was the first African-American to ever win an Emmy. He was awarded the prize for Best Variety Special for Tonight With Harry Belafonte.

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