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The Last "Darky": Bert Williams, Black-on-Black Minstrelsy, and the African Diaspora

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Williams first performed for black authences in the early phase of his musical comedy career and later, in full but uneasy compliance with the strictures of stereotype, for white authences at the Ziegfeld Follies on Broadway. More than his appearance with the Follies, however, it was his pioneering work with George Walker, his African American partner in the Williams & Walker Company (precursors to Sissle & Blake) that defined the future trajectory for black expressive performance.

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