The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Mattiwilda Dobbs JanzonStreaming Video - 2016
Opera singer Mattiwilda Dobbs Janzon was born on July 11, 1925 in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Atlanta University Laboratory School in 1942. After receiving her B.A. degree in music from Spelman College in 1946, she earned her M.A. degree in Spanish from Columbia University in 1948. In 1951, Dobbs gained fame when she won an international music competition in Geneva, Switzerland. The first African American woman to appear in a principal role at La Scala Opera House in Milan, Dobbs Janzon also desegregated the San Francisco Opera Company and performed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. She refused to appear before segregated crowds and did not perform in her hometown of Atlanta before her concert in front of an integrated audience at the Municipal Auditorium in 1962. She taught at several institutions before retiring from Howard University in 1991. Dobbs Janzon passed away on December 8, 2015 at age 90.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, 
Characteristics: 1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 25 min., 17 sec.)) : sound, color. digital video file