Ida Shepley in All God's Chillun Got Wings

Ida Shepley in All God's Chillun Got Wings

Born in Crewe, England (UK) in 1908, Ida Shepley trained as a singer with voice coach Amanda Ira Aldridge, daughter of the great black actor, Ira Aldridge, before joining the radical company at Unity Worker's Theatre. Shepley was one of only two black actors in the company in this Unity production, so white actors playing black characters had to 'black up'.