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Chapter 12. The Folk Festival

Chapter 12. The Folk Festival Chapter r2 The Folk Festival Fort Valley State College has the most unique enterprise of a folk nature held by any of the Negro colleges to come under my notice­ the Fort Valley State College Folk Festival. The origin and history of the festival is best told by the man who conceived of it, Horace Mann Bond: The Fort Valley State College Folk Festival began as an annex to a conventional college-high school music festival. The idea of a Folk Festival came to several persons at Fort Valley, including the President, Horace Mann Bond, after a visit one day to a rural church. The singing of the people was wonderful. There is no better word for it; yes, it was exactly and perfectly wonderful. So, then, at a Festival intended to teach young Negro high school students an appreciation of music, why not have a session or two devoted to the Folk and to their perfectly wonderful music? A sound idea; in practice, it did not work. The Folk need a Fes­ tival of their own; the people do not like to be on exhibition; they have come to the Fort Valley State College Festival because it was their http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Chapter 12. The Folk Festival

Black Sacred Music , Volume 9 (1-2) – Sep 1, 1995

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Copyright © 1995 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
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10.1215/10439455-9.1-2.203
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Chapter r2 The Folk Festival Fort Valley State College has the most unique enterprise of a folk nature held by any of the Negro colleges to come under my notice­ the Fort Valley State College Folk Festival. The origin and history of the festival is best told by the man who conceived of it, Horace Mann Bond: The Fort Valley State College Folk Festival began as an annex to a conventional college-high school music festival. The idea of a Folk Festival came to several persons at Fort Valley, including the President, Horace Mann Bond, after a visit one day to a rural church. The singing of the people was wonderful. There is no better word for it; yes, it was exactly and perfectly wonderful. So, then, at a Festival intended to teach young Negro high school students an appreciation of music, why not have a session or two devoted to the Folk and to their perfectly wonderful music? A sound idea; in practice, it did not work. The Folk need a Fes­ tival of their own; the people do not like to be on exhibition; they have come to the Fort Valley State College Festival because it was their

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Sep 1, 1995

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