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Fisk University in Nashville, TN is best known as one of the oldest Historically Black Colleges/Universities (HBCUs) since its founding in 1866, and musically for the role of the original Fisk Jubilee Singers in presenting the Negro Spiritual to the world through national and international performances, tours, and/or recordings from 1871 to the present. Its distinguished alumni include W.E.B. DuBois; John Hope Franklin; David Levering Lewis; Nikki Giovanni; the Honorable John Lewis; Diane Nash; Johnetta Cole; and numerous others who have made seminal contributions to African/American and global culture, while its faculty and administration has included luminaries such as Charles. S. Johnson; James Weldon Johnson; Arna Bontemps; C. Eric Lincoln; Robert Hayden; John Oliver Killens; and the Honorable Hazel O’Leary.

This article focuses specifically on some of the many outstanding Fiskites who have distinguished themselves in music, spanning not just the unique African American art form of spirituals, but also in European and African American classical/jazz music; musicology, ethnomusicology, and other music scholarship; record production/promotion and other aspects of music in business and entertainment contexts as well as its roles of performance art and academic discipline.