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Phylicia Rashad

Wins Tony

6 Jun, 2004

Rashad wins the Tony Award for Best Actress (Play) at the 58th Annual Tony Awards for portraying Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She is the first African American woman to win in this category. Rashad thanks her parents, her family, and God. She also speaks of the historical nature of her win.

When I was little my mother taught me I could do anything and I wouldn’t be scarred by racism. ‘This is an honor for any actress and that’s the truth.

Phylicia Rashad wins 2004 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play