Roland Hayes

Hayes in 1954, photo by Carl Van Vechten
Roland Hayes

American lyric tenor and composer.

- Roland Hayes

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Paul Robeson

American bass-baritone concert artist, stage and film actor, professional football player, and activist who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political stances.

Robeson in football uniform at Rutgers, c. 1919
Robeson's birthplace in Princeton.
Paul Robeson in 1942
Fritz Pollard (left) and Robeson in a photo from the March 1918 issue of The Crisis
Robeson (far left) was Rutgers University Class of 1919 and one of four students selected into Cap and Skull
Robeson and actress Irén Ágay on the set of Sanders of the River, London, 1934
Robeson leading Moore Shipyard (Oakland, California) workers in singing the "Star Spangled Banner", September 1942.
Paul Robeson with Uta Hagen in the Theatre Guild production of Othello (1943–44)
Label of a record by Paul Robeson published by Soviet Ministry of Culture
Paul Robeson Souvenir Programme UK Tour 1958.
The Paul Robeson House in Philadelphia (2009)
The Robeson holdings in the archive of the Academy of the Arts of the German Democratic Republic, 1981

Lawrence Brown, who had become renowned while touring as a pianist with gospel singer Roland Hayes, chanced upon Robeson in Harlem.


Genre of Christian music that is "purely and solely the creation" of generations of Black Americans, which merged African cultural heritage with the experiences of being held in bondage in slavery, at first during the transatlantic slave trade—the largest and one of the most inhumane forced migrations in recorded human history, and for centuries afterwards, through the domestic slave trade.

Engraving of Douglass from his 1845 narrative
Portrait of James Weldon Johnson in 1932
Fisk Jubilee Singers, 1875
Photograph of Harry T. Burleigh, 1936
Robert Nathaniel Dett in the 1920s
Mamie Smith

Others, such as Roland Hayes and Paul Robeson continued his legacy.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Public university in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Dorothy Patten Fine Arts Center – (1980) Houses the Dorothy Hackett Ward theatre, the Roland W. Hayes Concert Hall and the George Ayers Cress Art Gallery, referred to as the "FAC." Also houses the UTC Music and Theater Departments.

Black Mountain College

Private liberal arts college in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

Buckminster Fuller and students assemble a geodesic dome, 1948
Main Building of the former Black Mountain College, on the current grounds of Camp Rockmont
From 1933 to 1941, Black Mountain College was located at the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly.
Buckminster Fuller at Black Mountain College in 1949

Notable African American teachers included Carol Brice and Roland Hayes during the 1945 Summer Music Institute; Percy H. Baker, hired on full-time in 1945; Jacob Lawrence and Gwendolyn Knight during the 1946 Summer Art Institute; and Mark Oakland Fax for the Spring 1946 quarter.

Fisk Jubilee Singers

African-American a cappella ensemble, consisting of students at Fisk University.

Fisk Jubilee Singers, 1875
Fisk Jubilee Singers, circa 1870s
Jubilee Hall at Fisk University
The Fisk Jubilee Singers' performance at the Dixie Carter Performing Arts and Academic Enrichment Center in Huntingdon, Tennessee in 2008.
Fisk Jubilee Singers 12 13 Ensemble

Roland Hayes, lyric tenor who was the first African-American male concert artist to receive wide international acclaim

Calhoun, Georgia

City in Gordon County, Georgia, United States.

Calhoun Railroad Depot was one of the train stations in 1862 where the Great Locomotive Chase passed from Adairsville, Georgia.
1960 courthouse on the site of former 1880 courthouse
Oakleigh, once a headquarters of General Sherman and home of Dr. Wall, now Gordon Historical Society

Roland Hayes (1887–1977), world-renowned lyric tenor, considered the first African-American male concert artist to receive wide acclaim both at home and internationally, born here and attended Calhoun schools

Brookline, Massachusetts

Town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, in the United States, and part of the Boston metropolitan area.

1858 map of north-central Norfolk County, showing Brookline (upper left) along with Dorchester, Roxbury and West Roxbury, all three of which were later annexed by Boston
Overlooking Leverett Pond in Olmsted Park from the Brookline side
Brookline Village MBTA D-Train stop

Roland Hayes (1887–1977), lyric tenor and composer

Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff

Igor Youriévitch Bogdanoff (29 August 1949 – 3 January 2022) and Grégoire "Grichka" Youriévitch Bogdanoff (29 August 1949 – 28 December 2021) were French twin television presenters, producers, and essayists who, from the 1970s on, presented various subjects in science fiction, popular science, and cosmology.

Grichka (left) and Igor (right) in 2016
Igor (left) and Grichka (right) in the 1990s
Grichka (left) and Igor (right) Bogdanoff in 2010

Her pregnancy by African-American tenor Roland Hayes caused her to forfeit access to her four elder children, to her palatial homes in Berlin and Prague, and also her reputation in European society.

Walter F. Craig

Violin soloist and orchestra director in New York City.

Craig in 1909
Bertie Toney-Craig in 1909

For example, in January 1915 he featured Roland Hayes in Hayes' premier New York shows.

Frances James (soprano)

Canadian soprano who specialized in concert repertoire.

A 1911 political cartoon on Canada's bicultural identity showing a flag combining symbols of Britain, France and Canada; titled "The next favor. 'A flag to suit the minority.'"

She also studied lieder with Emmy Heim at the Toronto Conservatory of Music in 1934, and later singing with Enrico Rosati and Maria Kurenko in New York and Roland Hayes in Boston.