The Story of Kansas

February 7, 2011

Today’s Trivia (Feb. 7)

Oscar Micheaux was Hollywood’s first African-American movie producer and the first to use all-black casts. He was also a writer and entrepreneur of edgy movies with racial themes. He made 43 movies from 1919 to 1948 and is still considered one of the most prolific African-American movie producers of all time.

Last year, the U.S. Postal Service commemorated Micheaux with a 44-cent stamp.

But when he died in 1951, he was buried in an unmarked grave for nearly four decades.

In the 1980s and 1990s, local historians, film buffs and Hollywood celebrities began researching his life. Fans included Spike Lee, Robert Townsend, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis. They purchased a headstone to honor him.

Question: What Kansas town did Oscar Micheaux call home?

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Answer to Sunday’s question: Place pictures of African-American graduates in the book’s back pages.

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