Michael Morgan (1957- )

Image Ownership: Public domain As a classical music conductor, Michael Morgan has been instrumental in bringing his eclectic orchestral leadership style to a diverse audience. Since becoming musical director of the Oakland East Bay Symphony Orchestra in 1990, Morgan has become well respected, particularly in … Read MoreMichael Morgan (1957- )

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)

Gustav Albrecht Sabac el Cher (1868-1934)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" Afro-German band conductor and restaurateur Gustav Albrecht Sabac el Cher, born March 10, 1868 in a palace in Berlin, was the son of August Sabac el Cher (1836?-1885), a Sudanese man who as an orphaned boy in Egypt was presented as … Read MoreGustav Albrecht Sabac el Cher (1868-1934)

African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1792- )

Originally established as The African Church, The African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas was founded in 1792 by and for persons of African descent to foster personal and religious freedoms and self-determination. The original African Church was an outgrowth of the Free African Society, a … Read MoreAfrican Episcopal Church of St. Thomas Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1792- )

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 … Read MoreThomas J. Bowers (1823-1885)