Joseph Charles Price an Unsung Hero

Thanks to Dr. Lenwood Davis for this article.

Tradition of Excellence

By Dr. Lenwood Davis

During Black History Month a number of African American heroes are discussed such as Crispus Attucks, Benjamin Banneker, Mary McLeod Bethune, George Washington Carver, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks,  A. Phillip Randolph, Paul Robeson, Sojourner Truth, Nat Turner, Malcolm X and too many others to name.

Among the number of Unsung African American heroes who are usually forgotten is Joseph Charles Price.  He was a major African American leader between 1880 – 1893.

Joseph Charles Price was born in Elizabeth City, N.C. on Feb. 10, 1854.  Emily Paulin, his mother, was born a free African American woman and his father, Charles Dozier, was a slave. During Slavery the child always followed the status of the mother.  Since Price’s mother was a free woman, he also was a free child.  Price and his mother moved to New Bern, N.C., to…

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Black History Celebration: A work in progress

Black History Collecting


       Collecting is available to anyone in every city and state. You can start with a book, a post card, or a record album.  Your collection will include items near you and around you. Someone from Texas will have items from their community and they will differ from items collected in North Carolina. As your collection grows you will find historical items that the whole country will be familiar with such as an old newspaper about Rosa Parks.

        I will share with you what I have found, and where I found it when possible, and hopefully you will begin to appreciate or should I say, celibrate the amazing Black History that is all around us.

This is a “work in progress” for me. I hope you come along and see the wonderful pieces of Black History that I have collected.



Important memorabilia does not need to be large. A uniform, a signed book or a historical poster does not necessarily overshadow a simple letter. Here is an example.

Read the words. Feel the power of someone wanting to pay tribute to Joseph C. Price,  one of the greatest men of his generation.                                                                                                                                                             Image (28)


I look at art from two perspectives. I include African American artists as well as African Americans as the subject of art. Virginia Fouche Bolton was a beloved South Carolina artist known for her watercolors of Charleston and the Gullah people of Edisto.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  FOUCHE venus_my_friend FOUCHE lord_come_sit_by_my_window


Once in a while, I will get my soapbox out and share what’s on my mind. This is my first SOAPBOX.

The way I feel right now, the smile, the joy and the amazement is exactly how I hope a child feels when they see a piece of Black History. It is the connection, the touching and being touched by something real and historical.

Today, Bill Doggett accepted my friend request on Facebook. WOW!  Be sure to visit his site. I am just amazed. Soooo much scholarly information. #overwhelmed


Here is a photograph of an unidentified African Methodist Episcopal Minister from Cornelius, NC.                                                                                                                                                                      BLACK PICTURES 132


The beauty of inspiration is that you never know where it will come from. I wanted to show you an album cover of Dean Dixon and share what I had learned from the liner notes. I could not find it. I turned to the internet and found something so much better. Enjoy this article about Dean Dixon and so much more. (Be sure to click on “View Original”.)  Thanks Allan for permmission to share.

New Music Buff

James Anderson De Preist(1936-2013) James Anderson De Preist

The recent passing of conductor James DePreist is a great loss to the world of classical music. I first encountered this man’s work when I bought a New World CD containing music by Milton Babbitt (Relata I), David Diamond (Symphony No. 5) and Vincent Persichetti (Night Dances). All performances are by the Julliard Orchestra under three different conductors of music by three different composers of about the same generation of east coast American Composers. De Priest conducts the Night Dances piece. He had studied under Persichetti at the Philadelphia Conservatory.

De Preist had a fondness and a feel for contemporary music. Among his fifty some recordings (no reliable discography is available online just yet) he recorded music by Paul Creston, George Walker, Gunther Schuller, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, Easley Blackwood, Aulis Sallinen, Giya Kancheli, Alfred Schnittke, William Walton, Nicholas Flagello and Joseph Schwantner among other more…

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