This Day in Black History: Feb. 29, 1940

Hattie McDaniel wins an Academy Award for her role in Gone With the Wind.

Posted: 02/29/2012 07:00 AM EST
Hattie McDaniel

On this day in 1940, actress Hattie McDaniel wins Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in the Civil War epic Gone With the Wind, becoming the first African-American to ever win an Oscar.


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