Fisk Jubilee Singers: 150th Anniversary

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are a nationally recognized acapella group fcelebrating their 150th anniversary in 2021. The troupe received the Grammy Award for Best Roots Gospel Album for Celebrating Fisk! (The 150th Anniversary Album) in 2020.

Established in 1871 by university treasurer George L. White, the singing troupe was created as a way to raise funds for the University. The nine-member ensemble began performing at concert halls in small towns and were sometimes met with hostility from predominantly white audiences. As the group continued to perform, they changed attitudes and earned rave reviews, culminating in a 1872 performance at the White House and a European tour the following year.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers continue to sing and perform Negro spirituals.

“Knowing that we have survived the past 150 years, I believe that we will survive another 150 years to come,” says musical director Paul Kwami. For more information, visit: