Professor Alicia I. Rodriquez-Estrada teaches U.S. and Mexican American History in the Behavioral & Social Sciences Department at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College. She is the author “From Peola to Carmen: Fredi Washington, Dorothy Dandridge, and Hollywood’s Portrayal of the Tragic Mulatto” in African-American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000 and “Image On and Off the Screen, 1925-1944: Dolores Del Rio and Lupe Velez” in Writing the West: Race, Class and Gender (University of Oklahoma, 1997) as well as a contributor to the Latina’s in the United States: a Historical Encyclopedia (2006).
Fredi Washington (1903-1994)
Fredi Washington was an actress and founding member of the Negro Actors Guild of America as well as a journalist for People’s Voice. Born in Savannah, Georgia, Washington moved as a child to New York and began her professional career as a chorus dancer in … Read MoreFredi Washington (1903-1994)