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Hattie McDaniel - Gone with the Wind. 1st African American to win an Oscar. (Best supporting actress for Gone With the Wind.) Her parents had been slaves.

Hattie McDaniel wins the Oscar on this day for her role as Mammy in Gone With The Wind. Imagine not being able to attend your own movie premiere and being forced to sit in the segregated section at the Oscars. Black History was made and America has never been the same since.