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    • Alvin worked for the Service Bureau for Education in Human Relations, a WPA project at Columbia University. He wrote 26 playlets - each being an exposition of the contributions of the many racial groups contributing to the culture of the United States.

    • Alvin Childress was a pre-med student at Rust College in holly Springs, Mississippi, graduating with a B.A. in 1931 before going to New York and performing on Broadway.

    • In 1931, Alvin made his film debut in the film Hell's Alley.

    • Alvin played New Yorkers and Out-Of-Towners in the broadway comedy Two On An Island from January 22nd, 1940 - April 13th, 1940.

    • Alvin's first wife was American playwright, actor, and author Alice Childress. He was later married to an RN named Sophie Childress.

    • Alvin made his first New York stage appearance in 1931.

    • Alvin is a graduate of Rust college.

    • Even with all the controversy due to Amos 'N' Andy alleged perpetuation of black stereotypes, Childress always staunchly defended the series, pointing out that it was the only network TV program of its era to depict blacks as judges, doctors, teachers, and businessmen merely than household servants.

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