29 Days of Texas Black History: Day 3- Who is Phylicia Rashad?

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TEXAS - Phylicia Rashad is a renowned actress, singer, director, and producer. She was born in Houston, Texas, on June 19, 1948. Her parents, Vivian Ayers and William A. Rashad, were both educators and instilled in her a deep appreciation for education and the arts.

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<div>ONE LIFE TO LIVE - Airdate July 27, 1983.</div>
ONE LIFE TO LIVE - Airdate July 27, 1983.

Phylicia Rashad's contributions to Black history are numerous, and her achievements have paved the way for countless individuals in the field of entertainment. One of her most notable roles is that of Clair Huxtable on the hit sitcom "The Cosby Show," which aired from 1984 to 1992. Playing the loving and wise matriarch of a close-knit Black family, Phylicia Rashad's portrayal of Clair Huxtable resonated with audiences around the world.

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<div>THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable Kendall, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Erika Alexander as Pam Tucker</div>
THE COSBY SHOW -- Pictured: (l-r) Lisa Bonet as Denise Huxtable Kendall, Malcolm-Jamal Warner as Theodore 'Theo' Huxtable, Bill Cosby as Doctor Heathcliff 'Cliff' Huxtable, Phylicia Rashad as Clair Hanks Huxtable, Sabrina Le Beauf as Sondra Huxtable Tibideaux, Keshia Knight Pulliam as Rudy Huxtable, Erika Alexander as Pam Tucker

Rashad's contributions have not only enriched the diversity of her craft but have also opened doors for aspiring Black actors and actresses. In addition to her acting career, Phylicia Rashad has also been actively involved in advocating for social justice and equality.

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<div>LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actress Phylicia Rashad speaks onstage during the BET Awards '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)</div>
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 29: Actress Phylicia Rashad speaks onstage during the BET Awards '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)

She serves as a member of the advisory board for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and is a frequent speaker at cultural events and educational institutions. In 2021, she served as the Dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts at Howard University, and she ended her tenure in 2023-2024.