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Sharon Vaughters

  • The theme of Black History Month this year is African Americans and the Arts. The Ann Arbor-based Willis C. Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale is celebrating 50 years of sharing the legacy of African American spirituals in 2024. It has spent five decades combatting the lack of inclusion for Black composers in chorale and classical music spaces. WEMU's David Fair talks all about it with the president of the chorale, Sharon Vaughters, in advance of some special performances in Ann Arbor on another Black History Month edition of "Washtenaw United."
  • For five decades, the Willis Patterson Our Own Thing Chorale has dedicated itself to preserving and performing traditional African American spirituals and showcasing contemporary African American music. Sharon Vaughters, the volunteer board president and a member of the Chorale, joins Creative Washtenaw’s Deb Polich, your host for "creative:impact," to look back over 50 years and hear how the Chorale is celebrating their 5Oth anniversary.