Materials created and collected by Jester Hairston, and administrative materials related to Hairston's centennial celebration.
include manuscripts, music and lyrics, articles, and administrative files.
Jester Hairston was an actor, composer,
song writer, arranger, choral conductor, Goodwill Ambassador for the
United States, and an expert on Spirituals. He is best known as an actor
for his roles in the television sitcom "Amen" and radio and television version of
"Amos n Andy." As a song writer he is best known for the song "Amen" which
he wrote and recorded for the film "Lilies of the Valley", but over his life he composed
over 300 other Spirituals, and was the choral director for Hollywood's's first
1 ½ linear ft
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