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Martin, Roberta

(1907—1969)


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(b. 12 February 1907; d. 18 January 1969), gospel singer, pianist, composer, and publisher. Roberta Evelyn Martin was one of six children born to William and Anna Winston in Helena, Arkansas. She began taking piano lessons from her oldest brother's wife at the age of six, at which time she played the piano for the local Sunday school. When she was eight, the family moved to Cairo, Illinois, and later to Chicago. Roberta graduated from Wendell Phillips High School, where she studied piano with the choral director, Mildred Bryant Jones. While preparing for a career as a concert pianist, she accepted her first church position as pianist for the Young People's Choir at Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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From Black Women in America in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: United States History.


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