Saturday, July 28, 2012

Patrick McCoy, D.C. Examiner: 'Soprano Leontyne Price honored in new publication by D. C. area association'

[Leontyne Price (Jack Mitchell)]

By Patrick McCoy
July 28, 2012
The legendary soprano Leontyne Price is profiled in a newly released collection recently published by the Association of Black Women Historians, based just outside of D. C. in Silver Spring. In Spite of the Double Drawbacks: African American Women in History and Culture focuses on a cross section of historic figures, the work celebrates the diverse contributions of African American women in society, despite adversity.
The book's title was inspired by the 2012 theme for Black History month, thus culminating into this important collection.

Founded in 1979, the Association of Black Women Historians (ABWH) is a dynamic network of scholars representing every region of the country. The organization's goals are to support black women in the historical profession, disseminate information by, for and about black women and promote scholarship by and about black women. We are relaunching our organization into the 21st century."

Submitted by the D. C. Performing Arts Examiner, the entry on Ms. Price begins as follows:
"Many times when the artistry of the legendary soprano Leontyne Price is mentioned, it is almost always remarked that there are not enough words to express the greatness of her talent. This particular entry does not even attempt to find all the words to capsulate this mighty opera legend, rather it seeks to resound the hymn again in praise of this remarkable woman's art."

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