Etta Moten Barnett


Let’s take a trip back in history. We hear a lot in mainstream media about certain women who made significant impacts in black history. Yet there are so many more that we do not hear about. This black history month our MOcha Gems of the past will showcase those little known black women who blazed trails during their lifetime.

Today’ s Historical MOcha Gem is Etta Moten Barnett

Etta Moten Barnett

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(November 5, 1901 – January 3, 2004)

  • First African American women to perform inside the White House
  • She moved from Kansas to New York City shortly after college to pursue her dreams of starring on Broadway
  • Starred in numerous Broadway productions and films, including Porgy & Bess
  • She stopped performing in 1952 due to vocal problems
  • After she stopped performing she focused on philanthropic efforts and domestic affairs
    For her 100th birthday, Halle Berry presented her with an award at the Chicago International Film Festival

Thank you Etta Moten Barnett for blazing trails for ladies to follow in your footsteps.


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