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Eva Jessye, born in Coffeyville, Kansas, is now featured in our Axe Digital Collection. Dr. Jessye was an Artist-In-Residence from 1978 to 1981 in the Music department of the Kansas State Teacher's College - Pittsburg.
In 1926, she became a member of the "Dixie Jubilee Singers" in New York, and went on to develop the organization into the world-renowned "Eva Jessye Choir". In August 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. selected the Eva Jessye Choir as the official chorus of the historic March on Washington. The choir performed "We Shall Overcome" and "Freedom Is The Thing We're Talking About."
In 1981, Governor John Carlin of Kansas declared Dr. Eva Jessye to be Kansas Ambassador for the Arts.
See more at the Eva Jessye Digital Collection