Recipients of the: Legacy Award in Music Education
Richard Nelson started his band career at Lincoln High School in Marion, Alabama. Lincoln High School is of note because it is where Alabama State University was founded in 1867, before the school relocated to Montgomery, Alabama in 1887, twenty years after its founding.
Nelson has taught band for over thirty years, teaching a wide range of students in the basic fundamentals of music. Nelson recalls having taught "very good" music students. He has also taught some of the largest band programs in the Montgomery Public Schools. During his tenure, Nelson was one of the first band directors reassigned to a previously white only school in the turbulent years of racial desegregation. In the process of desegregating the Montgomery School System, several of Nelson's music students also transferred to previously white only Junior High Schools.
During the 1960's a number of Nelson's high school students left still segregated schools and became among the first wave of black students to attend the previously all-white University of Alabama, which desegregated in 1963, as well as Auburn University, which desegregated in 1964.
Several of Nelson's music students went on to become band directors locally and in other parts of the nation, while a few others went on to become accomplished professional musicians. Both sets of students have made Nelson "very proud."
Upcoming and Recent Programs
The Annual Ralph D. Abernathy Civil Rights Lecture Series
In 1955, Rev. Ralph D. Abernathy helped organize the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) and worked with Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a key leader of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. Named in memory of the noted ASU graduate and civil rights leader, this annual lecture series honors the legacy of well-known and little-known activists who contributed to the success of the modern civil rights movement. Sponsored in partnership with the Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA).
Lift Every Voice:
A newsletter from The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University. Fall 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 1.
A Visual Interpretation of African-Americans’ Struggle for Recognition as Human Beings and First-Class Citizens
Commissioned by The National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture at Alabama State University
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