40 Facts About The Tragic Life of Dorothy Dandridge

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38. Dorothy Didn’t Get to Attend School

Ruby toured her children around what was known, at the time, as the “Chitlin’ Circuit,” a group of venues through the south, midwest, and northeast that were friendly to Black performers. To make ends meet, the singing and dancing group comprised of Dorothy and her sisters had to tour regularly. With no laws to demand otherwise, Dorothy attended no schooling as a young child.