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Remember the Ladies: Dorothy Maynor

Dorothy Maynor retired from the concert stage in 1963 and quickly began extending her activities at her husband’s church in Harlem. At her husband’s urging, she decided to use St. James’ community center to create a music school for the youth of the area. Harlem School of the Arts started with 20 students and support not only of the church’s membership, but the wives of some of the most famous musicians of the era. …She not only taught and served as head administrator for the school, she used her connections in the music world to raise funds for needed expansion. Maynor was so successful that by 1977, she was able to oversee the building a $2 million, 37,000 square foot facility for more than 1,000 performing and visual arts students. Continue reading


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