Recipients of the: Legacy Award in Music Education

Richard Nelson

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."

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April 28

Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail: 50th Anniversary Lecture Series

The Student Movement In Montgomery: A Panel Discussion

Tuesday, April 28, 6:00 PM
Levi Watkins Learning Center, Lecture Hall
Alabama State University
1140 North University Drive
Montgomery, Alabama

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March 6 - August 28

50th Anniversary Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights March: A Celebration of Freedom and Democracy

A juried exhibition from members of the National Alliance Of Artists from Historically Black Colleges And Universities (NAAHBCU)

Artists’ Reception
March 22, 2015 | 3 ‐ 5 p.m.
1345 Carter Hill Road
Montgomery, Alabama

Exhibit runs March 6 - August 28 (Excluding Holidays)

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