James Baskett is born

February 16

On February 16, 1904, James Baskett was born. 

James Baskett was one of the first African Americans to win an Oscar. In 1948, he received an honorary Oscar for his role Uncle Remus in ‘Song of the South.’


​​Mitchell, D. (2019, February 22). Indianapolis actor famous for ‘zip-a-dee-doo-dah’ was groundbreaking Oscars recipient. The Indianapolis Star. Retrieved February 1, 2023, from https://www.indystar.com/story/news/history/retroindy/2019/02/22/oscars-james-baskett-indianapolis-actor-groundbreaking-academy-award-recipient-retroindy/2927638002/ 

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