“Lift Every Voice and Sing!” coming to DSU Feb. 21st

The Dakota State University Office of Diversity Services will host a presentation by the South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC) Chautauqua series, “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” on the DSU campus, Friday, Feb. 21 at noon in the Trojan Center Underground. The event is free and appropriate for all ages.

The event features the storytelling of Joyce Jefferson and Jerry Wilske. Both have researched African American religious music from the time it was brought to the Americas to the present. The presentation centers on the song that brothers James Weldon and J. Rosamond Johnson wrote in 1900, “Lift Every Voice and Sing!” 

About Joyce Jefferson

Joyce Jefferson is a South Dakota Humanities Council scholar sharing her research of little-known South Dakota pioneers through first-person narratives in Chautauqua style presentations. Jefferson’s love of music is evident as all of her characters have a song to sing. Based on research through grants from the South Dakota Humanities Council, she continues to enrich audiences with her portrayals of South Dakota “sheroes.”

About Jerry Wilske

Jerry Wilske, Executive Director of the Oscar Micheaux Center, directed the Oscar Micheaux Film and Book Festivals in Gregory, SD, for the last seven years. An avid music lover, South Dakota Humanities Council and Oscar Micheaux scholar, Wilske has shared his knowledge of Oscar Micheaux through extensive research and speaking engagements throughout South Dakota, the US and Canada.  

About South Dakota Humanities Council (SDHC)

The SDHC, founded in 1972 in response to an act of Congress, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit and the only cultural organization in the state whose sole mission is to deliver humanities programming to the people of South Dakota. As a steward of the state's cultural awareness and heritage, SDHC cultivates statewide interest in South Dakota history, literature and other related humanities subjects, while stimulating an interest in the state's place as part of the universal human experience.

Last Updated: 2/19/14