Ossie Davis, actor, playwright, screenwriter and director was awarded an Emmy Award for his role in Teacher, Teacher . Four year earlier, Davis gained national recognition when he eulogized El Hajj Malik el-Shabazz.
Gail Fischer became the first Black actress to receive an Emmy Award for her role on the Mannix television series. She was also the first Black performer to act and speak in a national commercial.
Arthur Mitchell founded the Dance Theater of Harlem. Fourteen years earlier, he became the first Black person to be a principal dancer in a major American ballet company, the New York City Ballet.
Moneta Sleets became the first Black person to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize for photography. The winning photographs were of Mrs. King and her children attending Dr. King's funeral.