Anderson, Garland

Anderson, Garland
   An African American born in Wichita, Kansas, Anderson spent part of his youth in Sacramento, California. He left home at 11 after his mother died. He was working as a hotel bellboy in San Francisco when he saw a play and decided to write one himself. With the financial aid of Al Jolson, Anderson got a reading of Appearances in New York. Its production in October 1925 made Garland Anderson the first African American to have a full-length legitimate drama produced on Broadway.

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