This year we asked the Summer Soirée Steering Committe “what historical figure would you nominate for a W Award?” as part of a special committee contest. Vote for your favorite submission by following the link to “like” it on facebook. The committee member who receives the most likes on their submission will be awarded a prize at this years Soirée!
Dorothy Dandridge was the first ever African American to be nominated for an Academy Award. Despite the extreme obstacles facing Black women during her time, she rose to become one of the most celebrated Hollywood actresses and singers, landing lead roles in films such as Carmen Jones and Porgy and Bess. In addition to her Oscar nod, she was also nominated for a Golden Globe and BAFTA Award. Her contributions to the entertainment industry continue to be recognized by many actors today.