“The Dancing Man-Peg Leg Bates” brings to the screen the remarkable story of the legendary tap dancer and entrepreneur, Clayton “Peg Leg” who broke down barriers for Black Americans and all people with disabilities. The arc of Bates’ epic career stretches from Southern minstrel shows to the golden age of television when he entered America’s living rooms as a regular on the Ed Sullivan Show.
The enormous impact of Peg Leg Bates on Black culture, and by extension American culture, is summed up by Ruth Brown, “In those days, there were two great things for Black people. One was that Peg Leg Bates was going to be on television and the other was that Joe Louis was going to fight.”
A Film By Dave Davidson
Sunday February 4th, 2024
3:00 PM Firehouse Arts and Events Center
Film Sponsor: The Institute for Critical Disability Studies at Western Washington University
Date & Time
Sun, Feb 11, 2024 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM