Black History Month: The Yak Salutes Sammy Davis Jr.

In honor of Black History Month, we’d like to bring attention to Mr. Sammy Davis, Jr. Sammy Jr. started off touring with his vaudeville- performing father, Sammy Sr. and joined the army during WWII where he experienced racism and segregation. After his discharge, he became great friends with Frank Sinatra and was, as you know, a member of the Rat Pack.

Sammy refused to perform (along with Ol’ Blue Eyes) at many venues that segregated their clubs and was at the March in D.C. Because of his actions, many clubs desegregated their establishments for further Black performers after Mr. Davis, Jr. He continues to hold a special place in our hearts as a great entertainer and Civil Rights Activist.

Sammy was most definitely one of the most multi-talented and spectacular artists that ever graced the stage, and America is better for it. Sammy, we salute you. It was a┬áprivilege┬áto have you in our lives, and in our history. Let’s remember Sammy Davis, Jr.

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