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He introduced an entire nation to the power and beauty of African American folk music. His choral compositions continue to be performed both nationally and internationally. The work of which he was most proud, the Negro Folk Symphony, premiered with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the direction of Leopold Stokowski.

He is William Levi Dawson.

We invite you to explore his life, his work, and his continued influence.