The Fisk University Jubilee Singers

Episode Air Date: October 14, 2016
Artist: Fisk University Jubilee Singers
Recording Title: Peter On the Sea

 

Fisk University struggled financially from its very founding just six months after the end of the Civil War. On the verge of closure, the Jubilee Singers began a series of fund-raising tours in 1871. By appearing in many venues in the U.S. and embarking on a visit to Europe where they sang for Queen Victoria, the Jubilee Singers broke color barriers and made an enormous impact on the world of music. Oh, and they saved the University. As a matter of fact, the Jubilee Singers of Fisk University continue to sing today. In their words “We stand on the shoulders of the original Jubilee Singers, continuing their legacy, as we sing Negro Spirituals”.

For more on the Jubilee Singers past and present, check out soundbeat.org right now.

This episode was written in part by Syracuse University student Tesia Elder

as part of the Sound Beat Class Partnership.

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