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Hattie McDaniel is Gone with the Wind

Yesterday, HBO pulled 1939’s “Gone with the Wind” from its shelves.

Since Hollywood is so eager to cancel Gone With the Wind, let’s remember Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win an Academy Award, the first black person to attend the award ceremony as a guest instead of a servant, who took heat from the NAACP for the roles she chose, and who, upon her death in 1952, was denied burial in the Hollywood Forever cemetery due to racism in Hollywood. A marker commemorating her life and work was not placed in the cemetery until 1999 – 47 years after her death.

“I’d rather play a maid than be one.” -Hattie McDaniel

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