World premiere of Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha in Atlanta, Georgia.
Pepperdine University and the New England Conservatory of Music each award William Grant Still an honorary doctoral degree.
Bernice Johnson Reagon (1942- ) forms the singing group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
First issue of the periodical, Black Perspective in Music
Scholar/choirmaster Horace Clarence Boyer (1935- ) records the gospel-music album Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory.
The piano music of Scott Joplin is revived for the hit movie The Sting
Premiere of William Grant Still's opera A Bayou Legend by
The Peabody Conservatory awards William Grant Still an honorary doctorate.
William Grant Still cited as "a distinguished Mississippian" by the governor of Mississippi.
Duke Ellington dies in New York City.