Featuring the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Bass-Baritone Calvin Griffin – Timothy Miller, Tenor and The Meridian Chorale. Artistic Directors Dwight Andrews and Steven Darsey.
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The Atlanta Music Festival Past & Present
In the wake of Atlanta’s race riots in 1906, First Congregational Church, led by Pastor Henry Hugh Proctor, the congregation’s first African American Pastor, instituted programs to improve the prospects of black communities and to encourage racial harmony. In 1910, they established the Atlanta Colored Music Festival to celebrate African American music and, though blacks had been refused admittance to Atlanta’s opera week, to invite the white community to experience the high cultural attainments of African Americans. Concert planners brought in performers of international stature, including singer-composer Harry T. Burleigh, soprano Anita Patti Brown, concert violinist Joseph Douglas, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers. Proctor and First Church’s initiatives, together with those of other black and white leaders, were the first steps in creating avenues for discourse that five decades later would help Atlanta shed the legacy of Jim Crow.