Fisk Jubilee Singers Receive $1.5 Million Gift

A historically Black collegiate choir that made American history as a fundraising machine for a financially embattled university received one of the largest gifts in school history this week.

The Fisk University Jubilee Singers announced the anonymous gift this week, which will endow a permanent fund to support the choir’s recruitment, artistic research, and scholarship programs.

From a release:

The anonymous gift will establish an endowed fund named after longtime Musical Director and Fisk Jubilee Singer Alumnus Paul T. Kwami. “Dr. Kwami has overseen the ensemble for over 25 years and this donation is also a testament to his exemplary legacy”, said Executive Vice President Jens Frederiksen. The University is committed to raising a $5,000,000 endowment that will support the ensemble with recruitment, retention, and programing. According to Dr. Kwami, the Director of the Fisk Jubilee Singers®: “This donation provides a wonderful lead gift, and we are hopeful many others will follow in this historic year.”