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Billy Kersands

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The character was inspired by a song called “Old Aunt Jemima” written by African-American comedian and minstrel performer Billy Kersands. There's an ugly side to the use of a black woman's image in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Aunt Jemima character ...
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Take, for instance, this description of a performance by Billy Kersands, a black man who performed in blackface, which Seibert quotes from one of Kersands's contemporaries.
Can We Please, Finally, Get Rid of 'Aunt Jemima'?
Numerous writings have examined the development of the Aunt Jemima logo in 1889 by Chris L. Rutt and Charles G. Underwood for their ready-made pancake flour mix at the Pearl Milling Company; the logo's inspiration by Billy Kersands' minstrel song “Old ...
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