Black Santa Flies In ... 49 Years Later | WGLT

Black Santa Flies In ... 49 Years Later

Dec 9, 2015

It took 49 years, but Normal's holiday festivities this December will include the town's first official African American Santas. In 1966, NAACP activist Merlin Kennedy tried to ride a float in Bloomington's Christmas parade dressed as Santa. He was threatened with arrest. At age 89, Kennedy is getting a chance to rewrite that story's ending.