Thursday, October 06, 2005

Congrats To The Fisk Jubilee Singers

Today is a big day for Fisk University as at 10:00 this morning it commemorates the 134th anniversary of the first tour of the Fisk Jubilee Singers. That tour helped lead to the purchase of Jubilee Hall, one of Nashville's most attractive enduring historic buildings, which graces the northwest neighborhoods skyline. Kudos to the singers, one of America's greatest musical groups, who also helped popularize many of the old slave spirituals that would probably have otherwise been forgotten.

However, the Jubilee Singers may not want to make too much of their long-running success as an all-black singing group, lest Knoxville's Republican state representative Stacey Campfield shift his obsession with membership in the Black Legislative Caucus in order to badger, hound, and heckle the singers in a bid to join their group, too.

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