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TELLING THE STORIES OF HISTORICALLY EXCLUDED
IN MEMORY OF
Dr. Paul Kwami (1952 – 2022):
Ella Sheppard, and the Legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers
On September 10, 2022, the Fisk Jubilee Singers lost their director of more than 28 years. Dr. Paul Kwami, a composer, arranger, and former Fisk Jubilee member himself, dedicated his career to the preservation and performance of the African American Spiritual. Highlights of his tenure as director include the Jubilee Singers' induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and a GRAMMY Award for Best Roots Gospel Album. Dr. Kwami was a friend and mentor to ONEcomposer. He inspired us to explore the rich history of Fisk University and the Jubilee Singers, which includes the incomparable contributions of Ella Sheppard. We encourage you to celebrate his memory by exploring the resources compiled below, and we look forward to celebrating the Fisk Jubilee Singers for many years to come.
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