New book describes 150 years of Fisk Jubilee Singers’ history

NASHVILLE, Tennessee (WTVF) — Last year, the Fisk Jubilee Singers celebrated their 150th anniversary. On Wednesday, Fisk leaders gathered to celebrate a new commemorative book that reflects the group’s rich background.

“Heritage & Honor: 150 Years Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers” takes readers on a journey through the history of the Singers.

Beginning with the ensemble’s founding in 1871, the book details its path to becoming the world-renowned choir it is today, including its role in sharing and preserving African American spirituals.

“I always think of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers—young people who made their way to Fisk University and became those who originally traveled the world sharing their music and establishing this legacy,” said Dr. Paul Kwami, current Musical Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

There is a website dedicated to the book for interested buyers.

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