Swifter than a Weaver’s Shuttle: The Days of Canada Lee

  • Glenda E. Gill


Four thousand mourners crowded into Harlem’s Salem Methodist Church on 13 May 1952. Six thousand more lined the streets of Seventh Avenue. Canada Lee was dead, dead before his time. Gone at 45, this pioneer actor had given his life as an activist. The working-class man and woman at the funeral sat next to such theatre luminaries as Oscar Hammerstein, II, Noble Sissle, Brooks Atkinson, Dick Campbell, Perry Watkins, Frank Silvera, Sidney Poitier, Frederick O’Neal, and Arnold Moss. Lee’s first wife, Juanita Canegata, and Frances Lee, his widow, were in attendance, as well.


Personal Interview American Theatre Black Actor Race Riot Negro Life 
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