Jessye Norman to be honored by NAACP

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 7:46 PM
Last updated 10:21 PM
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Augusta native and renowned opera singer Jessye Norman will be honored Wednesday during the NAACP national convention.

Norman, a Grammy-award winning opera and jazz artist, will receive the Spingarn Medal at the organization’s 104th national convention in Orlando, Fla., according to a news release.

The medal, considered the NAACP’s highest honor, is awarded for outstanding and noble achievement by an American citizen of African descent, according to the release.

Civil rights activist John Lewis will present the award to Norman, who is the 98th recipient of the Spingarn Medal.

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dashiel 07/16/13 - 08:12 pm

Congratulations to a great lady who is a source of pride to Augustans and civilized people around the globe.

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Truth Matters 07/17/13 - 06:27 am
Norman honored

What an honor for Ms. Norman and for Augusta. Cudos to the NAACP for honoring such a dynamic talent.

rmwhitley 07/17/13 - 08:35 am
Congratulations to

Ms. Norman. Just wonder what benjamin todd jealous and the naacp would do if there was and award given by a white organization for outstanding and noble achievement by a person of Anglo-Saxon descent?

Les 07/17/13 - 11:22 am
Jessye Norman

I am thrilled that the NAACP has decided to honor Miss Norman in such a manner. She is so richly deserving of such an honor. That magnificent voice, which has wrapped itself around Wagner, Schubert, Strauss, will long live on the magnificent sound legacy she has built. Her authentic excursions into the French repertoire are legendary. A very wise and astute singer, she knew which music was best for her highly unique vocal endowment. I've been a fan since the late 1970's and am impressed by the way she has managed her great career. She's one of the "greats" and will always be remembered for being so.

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