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"Sweet Mama Stringbean" Ethel Waters

I don't really consider myself a history buff, but there is something alluring about the past. Growing up in Springfield, Illinois a.k.a. "The Land of Lincoln" I was immersed in history. We took field trips to visit Lincoln's home and office, even the town he grew up in. All that old timey exploration made me curious about the past.

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As a Black woman in America, history can often be a tough subject to dive into. It's fraught with intolerance and discrimination on a nationwide scale, but it's also got stories of triumph and perseverance. Sometimes ya just gotta take the good with the bad. I think it's important to shine a light on all those stories that don't get the recognition they deserve, and that's why I like to share the noteworthy stories I find.

Ethel Waters began her career as a blues singer working the vaudeville circuit across the southern United States, but she didn't stop there! Read on to learn about some of her most notable achievements.

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Hopefully this little history lesson has encouraged you to explore some of the work of Ethel Waters to help her legacy live on.

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