ESSENCE | Diahann Carroll Talks Career Highlights, Ed Sullivan And Romance With Sidney Poitier

Recently, Carroll visited the nation’s capital for The March on Washington Film Festival: ten days of film, music, scholarship and the arts, showcasing the unsung heroes and untold stories of the Civil Rights era, as well as contemporary activism. The Raben Group galvanized African-American women, including executive producer Isisara Bey, and GreiBO founder Shelonda Stokes, to line produce the annual festival, which runs through July 22.

The Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning actress and songstress, was perfectly coiffed and chic in a black pinstripe pant suit during a special festival session dubbed Ed Sullivan in Black & White at The Naval Heritage Center. The crowd cheered Carroll, as she waved and smiled. The discussion explored how Sullivan’s groundbreaking variety show (which debuted in 1948 on CBS and aired until its cancellation in 1971), The Ed Sullivan Show, helped break down racial barriers and usher Black artists into mainstream American culture.

Charles Crocker