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Lee, Canada

Biography:

Canada Lee (1907-1952) was a musician, jockey, boxer, humanitarian, social activist and groundbreaking stage and screen actor during his lifetime. A gifted actor in the years just prior to the civil rights movement, Canada Lee worked to expand the role offered to black actors beyond the stereotypical “step-and-fetch-it Negro” characters so prevalent during the time. His portrayal of empowered, sympathetic black characters on screen was a seminal force in shaping opportunities for future generations of such black actors as Sidney Poitier. -- University of Georgia Franklin College of Arts and Sciences WWW site.

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