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Harry T. BurleighFrom the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance$
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Jean E. Snyder

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039942

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039942.001.0001

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Foremost Musician and Engaged Citizen

Foremost Musician and Engaged Citizen

“The celebrated western baritone”

(p.113) 8. Foremost Musician and Engaged Citizen
Harry T. Burleigh

Jean E. Snyder

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines how Harry T. Burleigh came to represent African Americans as their premiere baritone and leading composer while also establishing a reputation as an engaged citizen in the first decades of the twentieth century. It first considers Burleigh's active participation in the life of the black community in New York and other cities on the eastern seaboard, lending the weight of his renown to benefit numerous social and educational causes, including efforts to improve the health and general welfare of African Americans. It then discusses Burleigh's connection with the city's black church community, including St. Philip's Episcopal Church and other Episcopal congregations, along with his relationships with Booker T. Washington, Afro-British composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and W. E. B. Du Bois. The chapter also describes Burleigh's position regarding the lynchings and race riots in various parts of the country.

Keywords:   race riots, Harry T. Burleigh, African Americans, black community, black church, St. Philip's Episcopal Church, Booker T. Washington, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, W. E. B. Du Bois, lynchings

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