Noah Webster Griffin Jr. (1946– )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Multi-talented Noah Griffin Jr. has had a concomitant many-faceted career:  historian, writer, newspaper columnist, radio and television talk show host, law editor, press secretary, campaign manager, lyricist, and vocalist. Griffin was born in San Francisco, California, on January 31, 1946, to … Read MoreNoah Webster Griffin Jr. (1946– )

José Manuel Jiménez Berroa (1855–1917)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Concert pianist, composer, and music conservatory director José Manuel Jiménez Berroa was born on December 7, 1855, into a musical family in Trinidad, Cuba, a city on the central coast known for its mainly African-descended population, sugar mills, and tobacco production. … Read MoreJosé Manuel Jiménez Berroa (1855–1917)

George Irving Shirley (1934- )

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” George Shirley is an educator, lecturer, and internationally acclaimed tenor whose leading roles in 28 operas with the Metropolitan Opera (“Met”) for 11 seasons helped push open doors on operatic stages for many African American tenors. In 1956 Shirley became the … Read MoreGeorge Irving Shirley (1934- )

Thomas J. Bowers (1823-1885)

“Image Ownership: Public Domain” Thomas J. Bowers, businessman, pianist, and activist, was best known as an African American opera singer, who was compared favorably with the leading world tenors of the mid-nineteenth century. Bowers was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1823, one of John C. … Read MoreThomas J. Bowers (1823-1885)

National Negro Opera Company (1941-1962)

(Image Courtesy of the Library of Congress) Mary Cardwell Dawson established the National Negro Opera Company (NNOC) in 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Born in North Carolina, Dawson graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music in 1925, the only African American in her class. Facing … Read MoreNational Negro Opera Company (1941-1962)

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours

  Image Courtesy of the Royal College of Music In the article below Hilary Burrage, Executive Chair of the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor Foundation, a United Kingdom (UK)-based non-profit organisation, describes the composer and how she came to regard and preserve his work and legacy. It has … Read MoreSamuel Coleridge-Taylor: For His Times and Ours