Mar 21, 2013 - Sale 2308

Sale 2308 - Lot 289

Estimate: $ 300 - $ 400
(CIVIL RIGHTS--WOMEN.) BILBREW, A. C. Let's Go America. Dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Folio sheet, folded to form four pages of printed sheet music, signed by the composer above the portrait of her on the front cover. Los Angeles, 1942

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Madame A C Bilbrew (1888-1992) was a community leader and a former deputy to Los Angeles County Supervisor, Kenneth Hahn. She was also known world-wide for her versatility as a musician and poet. One of ten children born to a minister and his wife in Washington Arkansas, she attended Texas College in Tyler. In 1923, Madame Bilbrew became the first Black soloist to appear on radio. In 1940 to 1942, she directed and announced the "Gold Hour" which aired over Radio Station KGFJ. In 1960, she was a delegate to the Women's Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark, and was chosen by the "Women of the Soviet Union" to visit Russia. The library in Willowbrook, California is named for her.