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  • Hattie McDaniel was born on June 10, 1895 in Wichita, Kansas. She was one of 13 children born to a baptist father and gospel singing mother.
  • Hattie sang all throughout her childhood, especially at her church.
  • When she was 15 she dropped out of school to become a full-time performer with her dads show group, until they were dismembered during the 20's.
  • Next Stop: Milwaukee, Wisconsin 3 miles east
  • After, she traveled between many singing groups and shows until the end of the 20's.
  • In 1925, while living in Denver, Colorado she became one of the first African Americans to perform on the radio.
  • When the market crashed in 1929, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to seek out employment.
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