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Broadway shows are still a few months away from opening, but the Wilton Library is bringing the sense of Broadway to town with a virtual visit from Caseen Gaines, author of the book titled: “Footnotes: The Black Artists Who Rewrote the Rules of the Great White Way,” on Tuesday, June 1, 7 to 8 p.m. Gaines’s account captures the triumphant story of the all-Black Broadway musical that changed the world forever.
“Footnotes” recounts how Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller, and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance, and produce a runaway Broadway hit. The show launched the careers of many of the twentieth century’s most beloved Black performers. Born in the shadow of slavery, and establishing their careers at a time of increasing demands for racial justice and representation for people of color, Sissle, Blake, Miller, and Lyles broke down innumerable barriers betw