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Author Tirro, Frank, author.

Title With trumpet and Bible : the illustrated life of James Hembray Wilson / by Frank Tirro.

Published Hillsdale, NY : Pendragon Press, [2015]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps, music.
Series American music and musicians series ; number 2
American music and musicians series ; no. 2.
Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary James Hembray Wilson was an African-American soloist, composer, conductor, and music professor in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Today it seems that his name has slipped into one of time's hidden corners. This book brings that story and other significant issues to light: What was life like for an African American raised in the South in the 1880s? Were there paths to education and success for Black Americans facing the terrible prejudicial environment in the states that lost the War Between the States? What kind of life and what possible hope might they have during the years before World War I to the years after the Second World War? Exploring these questions and illustrating one black man's life are but some of the many threads Frank Tirro weaves into the fabric of his fascinating biography, <i>With Trumpet and Bible</i>. This compelling story is the documented account of the talented, intelligent, and ambitious African-American musician, James Hembray Wilson, a man who faced the challenges of his day and succeeded, despite his modest education and limited financial resources to become one of the most respected and idolized professors of a vital historically black college in the South. Working hand-in-hand with Alabama A&M's first four presidents, teaching courses as diverse as Rhetoricals, Band, and Bible Study, and serving as Postmaster, Bookkeeper, and, finally, Treasurer of the college, Wilson guided generations of young African Americans to the brink of the civil rights struggles of the 1950s and '60s. His is an American tale that weaves together the history of the shocking inequalities of our educational system, the dawn of the civil rights movement, and the flowering of the African-American musical tradition."
Other author JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Wilson, James Hembray, 1880-1961.
African American musicians -- Alabama -- Biography.
African American college teachers -- Alabama -- Biography.
Southern States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Electronic books.
ISBN 9781576472873 (electronic bk.)
1576472876 (electronic bk.)