Bill "Bojangles" Robinson

Father of Tap Dance

Born on May 25, 1878 in Richmond, Virginia

Bill Robinson was born in Richmond, Virginia, and died in New York, New York on November 25, 1949. (Age 71)

DID YOU KNOW?

Bill Robinson was involved in baseball as well as theater. In 1936, He cofounded the New York Black Yankees team, based in Harlem, with financier James Semler. The team was a part of the Negro National League until 1948, when Major League Baseball first integrated racially.
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Film Actor, Dancer

Robinson started his career as a vaudeville performer, transitioning to Broadway and to Hollywood films in the 1930s and 1940s. His delicate tap-dance style and cheerful demeanor made Robinson a favorite of both black and white audiences.

Legacy

Robinson remained a well-known figure after his death, particularly in dance circles. In 1989, a joint congressional resolution established National Tap Dance Day on May 25, Robinson's birthday. Additionally, a public park in Harlem bears Robinson's name—a way of honoring his charity contributions and participation in the neighborhood's civic life.

A known character trait of Robinson would be loyalty.


How did he inspire people?

He made tap popular and well-known through out his lifetime. He inspired other to tap dance. He was also a very kind man and donated to charities.
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