Debbie Allen attending a performance of Loretta Lynn On Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, October 1982  © Walter McBride

Debbie Allen attending a performance of Loretta Lynn On Broadway at the Majestic Theatre in New York City, October 1982 © Walter McBride

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Thelma Porter, Miss Subways New York City, 1948. Thelma was the first woman to integrate a beauty contest in America and became the first African American Miss Subways in April, 1948.

Phylicia Rashad, her older brother Andrew (called Tex) & younger sister, Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico to escape US racism. She also has another brother, Hugh Allen (a real estate banker in North Carolina).    Their mother, Vivian Ayers, decided to live there to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s.

Phylicia Rashad, her older brother Andrew (called Tex) & younger sister, Debbie Allen, lived in Mexico to escape US racism. She also has another brother, Hugh Allen (a real estate banker in North Carolina). Their mother, Vivian Ayers, decided to live there to give the Allen children a brief experience of not having to endure the chronic racism and segregation that was typical of Texas during the 1950s.

Phylicia Rashad Photos: Celebrities Attend the U.S. Premiere of Debbie Allen's…

Phylicia Rashad Photos Photos: Celebrities Attend the U.S. Premiere of Debbie Allen's 'Freeze Frame'

Phylicia Rashad Photos: Celebrities Attend the U.S. Premiere of Debbie Allen's…

Actress Esther Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times. | 1920-1998

Actress Esther Rolle was an American actress. She is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom Maude and its spin-off series Good Times. | 1920-1998

Actress Debbie Allen, husband Norman Nixon and Phylicia Rahad attending 65th Annual Academy Awards on March 29, 1993 at the Dorothy Chander Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Actress Debbie Allen, husband Norman Nixon and Phylicia Rahad attending 65th Annual Academy Awards on March 29, 1993 at the Dorothy Chander Pavilion in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)

Debbie Allen and husband Norman Nixon being photographed on November 11 1988 at Le Dome Restaurant in West Hollywood California. CREDIT: RON GALELLA

Debbie Allen and husband Norman Nixon being photographed on November 11 1988 at Le Dome Restaurant in West Hollywood California. CREDIT: RON GALELLA

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