N. Clark Smith and Milestones of a Race
McKemy, William E.
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N. Clark Smith (1866-1935) was a prominent music educator, composer, bandleader, and musician. First influenced by the careful and pragmatic conservatism of Tuskegee Institute founder Booker T. Washington, Smith later came to embrace the progressive ideals of the Harlem Renaissance. In his work as a composer and arranger, Smith explored in music the same issues that other African American leaders confronted in their dedication to the black community. Many of his compositions address the African diaspora, carrying his message of Afrocentrism not only to the black community but also to the heights of the white musical establishment. Drawing on archival sources at the Black Archives of Mid-America, this thesis analyzes a previously unknown overture Smith composed for Ada Crogman Franklin’s Milestones: A Pageant of Negro Progress and contextualizes this music in light of the pageant’s goals as well as Smith’s biography.