Sidney Poitier became the first African American male to win the Best Actor award for the 1963 film "Lilies of the Field". One of my favorite African American actors. The award was presented to him on April
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in Harlem . Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (May 1878 – November was an American tap dancer and actor, the best known and most highly paid African American entertainer in the first half of the twentieth century.