Women's History Month

Shirley Graham Du Bois and Black Women in Classical Music

Just sharing a great article for Women's HIstory Month about the invisible history of Black women's contributions to classical music, including Shirley Graham Du Bois, whose Tom Tom was the first opera produced by a Black woman when it premiered in 1932.

Hazel Scott: "I sued and I won and I gave all the money to the NAACP"

Terrific article on Hazel Scott by biographer Karen Chilton. In 1950, Scott brought a successful lawsuit against a restaurant near Spokane, Washington, where she and a traveling companion had been denied service, the waitress told them, because they were Negroes.[fn]Hazel Scott Attorneys Score in Initial Round, Spokane Daily Chronicle, April 17, 1950.