Diahann Carroll walked this earth for 84 years and broke ground with every footstep. An icon. One of the all-time greats. She blazed trails through dense forests and elegantly left diamonds along the path for the rest of us to follow. Extraordinary life. Thank you, Ms. Carroll. pic.twitter.com/YXjh7d3LWU
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) October 4, 2019
And next time someone complains that “we” haven’t made any progress in the last fifty years, look at this clip from her groundbreaking TV show and think of the 17 different ways such ‘snappy jests’ would no longer be acceptable outside of a very specialized audience:
Diahann Carroll was the first African-American woman to star in a sitcom. "Julia" debuted 51 years ago. Legend. Her contributions are truly iconic. RIP
Julia: Has Mr. Colton told you.
Dr. Chegley: Tell me what?
Julia: I'm colored.
Chegley: What color are you?
Julia: I'm a Negro pic.twitter.com/6SoClrQGB5
— Dartunorro D. Clark (@DartDClark) October 4, 2019