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date: 05 June 2020

Campbell, Lucie (Eddie) [Williams, Lucie ]locked

  • Horace Clarence Boyer
  • , revised by Roxanne R. Reed

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[Williams, Lucie ]

(b Duckhill, MS, April 30, 1885; d Nashville, TN, Jan 3, 1963). American gospel composer and director. Her widowed mother moved the family to Memphis when Campbell was four. Campbell learned piano by listening in on lessons taken by an older sister and proved an astute student of music with a keen intellect. She graduated as the valedictorian of her class at Booker T. Washington High School in 1899 and immediately accepted a teaching position there, which she held for the next 44 years. In 1904 she organized and presided over the Music Club, the local affiliate of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She combined her vocation of teaching and her avocation of music in her most revered service, as the music director of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. (1916–62). Each year, beginning in 1930, Campbell introduced a new song into the convention’s repertoire. It was for the convention that she wrote most of her 46 published gospel songs beginning with “Something within” (...

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