Black and white publicity photograph of Hilda Simms, c.1955.

Publicity photograph of Hilda Simms

A publicity photograph of Hilda Simms, c.1955.

Black and white promotional photograph of Hilda Simms for the film Black Widow, 1954.

Hilda Simms Promotional Photograph for "Black Widow"

A promotional photograph of Hilda Simms for the film Black Widow, 1954.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms (right) posed with one of her younger sisters, Laura, c.1955.

Hilda Simms and a younger sister

Hilda Simms (right) posed with one of her younger sisters, Laura, c.1955.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms with her mother, Lydia Moses during a photo shoot for Life Magazine, c.1950.

Hilda Simms with Her Mother, Lydia Moses

Hilda Simms with her mother, Lydia Moses during a photo shoot for Life Magazine, c.1950.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms (left) posed for a promotional photo for Life Magazine, c.1945.

Hilda Simms at a Promotional Event

Hilda Simms (left) posed for a promotional photo for Life Magazine, c.1945.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms with Earl Hollman and other actors from the Harlem Theater in New York City, c.1943.

Hilda Simms with other actors from the Harlem Theater

Hilda Simms with Earl Hollman and other actors from the Harlem Theater in New York City, c.1943.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms posed for a photo in her dressing room, c.1943.

Hilda Simms Backstage

Hilda Simms posed for a photo in her dressing room, c.1943.

Black and white photograph of Hilda Simms, c.1940.

Hilda Simms

A promotional photo taken early in Hilda Simms’s acting career, c.1940.

Simms, Hilda (1918–1994)

Raised in a large Catholic family in North Minneapolis, Hilda Simms became a national celebrity for her leading role in the first all-black performance of the Broadway show Anna Lucasta. Frustrated by her struggling career and the lack of roles for black actors, Simms worked as the creative director for the New York State Human Rights Commission to address racial discrimination in the entertainment industry.

Black and white photograph of Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, with Vice President Hubert Humphrey, c. late 1960s.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Coretta Scott King; and Hubert Humphrey

Martin Luther King and his wife, Coretta Scott King, with Vice President Hubert Humphrey, c. late 1960s.

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