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GerogiaNolanPayton 100The Georgia & Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music consists of music, books, periodicals, documents, audio & visual materials, and oral histories. The primary goal of the Archive is to facilitate research and documentation of collections of African Diaspora sacred music (church music and religious concert music) created and/or performed by the multicultural population of Southern California.

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These are convincingly the hands of a story-teller: masterfully narrating tales of the struggle, sacrifice, and survival of a community of enslaved people through diasporic Spiritual music.

These are assuredly the hands of a choral conductor: directing and leading spiritual pieces in such a way that would break down racial and cultural barriers that not only plagued music, but the American Deep South as well.

These are distinctively the hands of a composer: allowing his music to touch the lives of generation after generation, leaving behind an inheritable legacy, while building the kind of unity that can only be accomplished by a lover of all people and a disciple of spiritual music.

The African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Program of California State University Dominguez Hills and its Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive has  undertaken the development of a 60-minute film, "Amen - the Life and Music of Jester Hairston". Hairston (1901 - 2000) was known for his work with the Negro Spiritual, Hairston was an internationally celebrated composer, conductor, actor, and educator.

Visit the Jester Hairston Film Project website at


csudh logo WhiteThe African Diaspora Sacred Music & Musicians Program (ADSMM) is an archiving, research and performance program of the California State University Dominguez Hills Music Department , implemented in partnership with the Africana Studies Department and the University Library . The program is multidimensional, and includes the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music, the Dominguez Hills Jubilee Choir, and the African Diaspora Sacred Music and Musicians Network & Forum.