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The Life of Sammy Davis, Jr.
Everybody knew Sammy Davis Jr.  He grew up in Vaudeville, swung through the sixties with Frank, Dean and the other cool cats in the Rat Pack, strolled down Broadway, lit up the silver screen, and recorded hits like “Hey There,” “Something’s Gotta Give” and “Please Don’t Talk About Me When I’m Gone.”  Well, people are still talking about “Mister Show Biz”—including Wil Haygood.  In his new book, Haygood delivers the Sammy few people got to see; the Sammy who lived in an America in the throes of racial change. While Sammy made his living entertaining white people, he was often denied service in the very venues he played.  And in his broad and varied friendships—not to mention his romances—Davis crossed racial lines in ways few others had. While his determination to be accepted by white America grew, so did problems with the media, including death threats from angry Southerners and Hollywood moguls.  This incredibly gifted performer was a tragically complex man.  Meet the real Sammy. In Black and White is an incisive biography and a sweeping cultural history you will not be able to put down.

Registration Open: Monday, June 22-Monday, June 29
Email Rosann Damelio at rosann@museumsonthegreen.org
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(Sorry, no phone calls please.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are all working remotely.)