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“I Am West African!” 3 in the Arts

Alexander Pushkin recites his poem before Gavrila Derzhavin during the Tsarskoye Selo Lyceum exam on January 8th, 1815 by Ilya Repin | Courtesy of


“I Am West African!” 3 in the Arts

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Samuel Coleridge-Taylor – English Composer

Born in London in 1875 to an English Mother and Sierra Leonean Father, he is considered one of the greatest black Composers in the world.

Known as the “African Mahler”, He was highly regarded among African Americans of his time. He did a few collaborated works with Poet Paul Laurence Dunbar. Two elementary schools in the U.S. are named after him.
Coleridge-Taylor was also one of the first blacks to visit the White House as an honorary guest, just 3 years after Booker T. Washington’s visit there.

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Akindele Decker is a Sierra Leonean poet and writer with ancestral links across West Africa and the other side of the Atlantic. He resides in Maryland, USA with his family.

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