1990: Sammy Davis Jr., Famous Convert to Judaism, Dies : Sammy Davis - a great mainstream star in an era when, as a black man, he couldn't stay in some of the hotels he performed in
Green, David B.
Part of Haaretz's "This Day in Jewish History" series, this article discusses the life, career and formal conversion to Judaism of the African-American entertainer, Sammy Davis Jr. The article notes that while Davis was recovering in the hospital from injuries sustained in a car accident, performer Eddie Cantor spoke to him about the similarities between black and Jewish culture. That sparked Davis' interest in Judaism and he began reading about Judaism. He converted some time later. Click on the link to read the article.
Davis, Sammy Jr., Entertainers, United States, Singer, Dancer, Comedian