Born on October 12, 1916, in Charleston, South Carolina, Alice Childress grew up in Harlem. She acted with the American Negro Theatre—earning a Tony Award nomination for one performance—before turning to writing. Her noted works include the play Trouble in Mind and the young adult novel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich. Childress died on August 14, 1994, at age 77, in New York City. Read more at biography.com
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