This Day in Black History: Dec. 2, 1866

Composer and editor Harry T. Burleigh is born.

Posted: 12/02/2011 08:25 AM EST
Composer Harry T. Burleigh

Composer Harry T. Burleigh was born in Erie, Pennsylvania. He was the first African-American composer acclaimed for his concert songs and is credited with popularizing African-American spirituals. Burleigh was also an admired baritone, acclaimed editor and was a charter member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


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