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====== Du Bois, Shirley Graham ====== ====== Du Bois, Shirley Graham ======
-Du Bois, Shirley Graham was born on November 11, 1896 in Indianapolis Indiana, the only girl among six brothers.  Noted for writing the first race opera, the future Mrs. Du Bois was an illustrious musician, singer, musical director, writer, and lecturer prior to marrying Du Bois. Her early life is characterized by frequent moves to different parts of the country, giving the young Shirley Graham a deep appreciation for the realities of blacks in America at the turn of the 20th century.  Her father, Rev. Graham, and mother Etta Bell Graham were active leaders in the African Methodist Episcopal congregation, providing an example of activism for social justice.  +Shirley Graham Du Bois was born on November 11, 1896 in Indianapolis Indiana, the only girl among six brothers.  Noted for writing the first race opera, the future Mrs. Du Bois was an illustrious musician, singer, musical director, writer, and lecturer prior to marrying Du Bois. Her early life is characterized by frequent moves to different parts of the country, giving the young Shirley Graham a deep appreciation for the realities of blacks in America at the turn of the 20th century.  Her father, Rev. Graham, and mother Etta Bell Graham were active leaders in the African Methodist Episcopal congregation, providing an example of activism for social justice. 
Sometime in the early 1920s, Shirley Graham married first husband, Shadrach McCants, with whom she had two boys.  Robert was born in 1923 and David in 1925.  She divorced her first husband sometime around 1927, although she stated in her autobiography and in numerous interviews that she was widowed.  In 1928, Shirley studied theories of musical composition and orchestration at Paris’ Sorbonne, becoming fluent in French.  After leaving France, Graham toured around the country as a music instructor at Morgan College educating and inspiring an appreciation for the contributions of Black music to music at large. During this time, she continued her studies at Howard School of Music and the Institute of Musical Arts in New York City. Sometime in the early 1920s, Shirley Graham married first husband, Shadrach McCants, with whom she had two boys.  Robert was born in 1923 and David in 1925.  She divorced her first husband sometime around 1927, although she stated in her autobiography and in numerous interviews that she was widowed.  In 1928, Shirley studied theories of musical composition and orchestration at Paris’ Sorbonne, becoming fluent in French.  After leaving France, Graham toured around the country as a music instructor at Morgan College educating and inspiring an appreciation for the contributions of Black music to music at large. During this time, she continued her studies at Howard School of Music and the Institute of Musical Arts in New York City.
 
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