Black women composers have been active in the US since at least the mid-nineteenth century, yet they’re largely omitted from scholarship on women musicians.
Kernodle and Shonekan explore the contributions of Black Americans to classical music and the importance of music and song for social justice movements.
The scholarship of Black music was transformed by Southern's work, and is now being honored by a new initiative.
Linda Martell made the switch from R&B to country music in the late 1960s. Her star then shined on country's biggest stage.