VIRTUAL PRESENTATION Black Swan Records and Motown Records – African American Independent Music Companies

Guest Speaker Donald “The Soul Man” Hyman who taught in the American Studies Department at the College of St Rose and is Singer, Writer, Actor, Teacher

During the Harlem Renaissance, Harry Pace Jr started Black Swan Records whose impact on the music industry  opened the door for Black performers.   During the Civil Rights movement in the 1960’s Motown records started by Berry Gordy would dominate the popular music industry and the Top 40 charts with groups like the Supremes who have twelve number one records.

Please note: On February 8, 2021, Mary Wilson, a founding member of the Supremes, passed away at the age of 76. We will reflect on the work and legacy of Mary Wilson and The Supremes as part of this program.

Donald  Hyman is  Brooklynite who now calls ALBANY home. He has  a BS from the St Francis College,  MA in Urban Studies and MS in Secondary Education from Long Island University. He is currently Vice- Chairman for CHANNEL ALBANY and has produced "ALBANY TEMPO SPECTRUM" for 8 seasons. He  currently works at Montessori  Magnet School in Albany.  He was professor  in the American Studies Department at the College of St. Rose for 6 years. Hyman has performed in venues throughout the capital region including MLK Celebration SARATOGA,  Proctors, The Palace, The Eden Café  Juneteenth,  Schuyler Mansion , SLOC, Albany Civic Theater, Tang Museum,  Skidmore College, Siena College Opalka Gallery .   He has acted with Black Theater Troupe of Upstate NY,  Soul  Rebel Performance Troupe,  Ira Aldridge Theater Ensemble, Essence of Acting  and First Israel Male Choir. Hyman has performed in "FENCES", LESSON BEFORE DYING, CAMP LOGAN, THE EXONERATED, OF MICE AND MEN, THE FULL MONTY,  and can be seen in the History Channel series "The Revolution."

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The presentation will be offered live via Zoom with a Q&A session. All participants will receive the Zoom link one hour before the lecture to the email used during registration.

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