The Harry T. Burleigh Society knew Dr. Crystal deGregory to be a selfless truth-teller through rigorous scholarship, which is why we invited her to speak at our conference at Carnegie Hall in March 2019. Her presentation on the unjustly under-recognized soprano composer Ella Sheppard left all listeners spellbound with her clarity, grace, and challenge to the archiving practices of the academy. She makes history personal and inspires others to participate in freedom acts for black people everywhere. The Burleigh Society counts it a privilege to call on her expertise.

– Marti Slaten, Ph.D.
Executive Director/Co-founder, Harry T. Burleigh Society

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