This Day in Black History: Feb. 29, 1940

This Day in Black History: Feb. 29, 1940

Hattie McDaniel becomes first African-American to ever win an Academy Award, winning for her role as Mammy in the Civil War-era romance <i>Gone With the Wind.</i>

Published February 29, 2012

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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Written by Britt Middleton

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