A dialogue with the members of Wesley United Methodist Church “The Historic Founding Church of African American United Methodism on the West Coast”, and the community's advocates for African American musical preservation, continuity and heritage.

Dr. Hansonia Caldwell, Moderator

Wesley United Methodist Church
112 W. 52nd Street, Los Angeles

March 2003
10 AM - 12 NOON
Rev. Leroy I. Brown, Pastor


11 am
Preliminary Seminar – Oral History and the Process of Ethnographic Sacred Music Archiving
Dr.Jacqueline DjeDje

12:30 pm
African Diaspora Sacred Music History Forum

I. An Aural Moment in African Diaspora Sacred Music History
from the holdings of the Georgia and Nolan Payton Archive of Sacred Music


  • Remembering Dorothy Maynor Dorothy Maynor, soprano- Historic Performances from the Library of Congress – December 18, 1940 (Library of Congress – Music Division)

  • Remembering Leontyne Price – Leontyne Price reDISCOVERED – February 28, 1965
    Carnegie Hall Recital Debut (RCA)

III. The National Endowment for the Humanities Grant – an Overview

IV. Perspectives
Sacred Music in the History of African American Los Angeles
Dr. Don Lee White and Arlinda Clark

V. Perspectives on Preservation
Dr. Jacqueline DjeDje and Dr. Hansonia Caldwell

VI. Future Events
Saturday, April 5, 2003 – 12 noon – 3 pm

A Program of the Music Department and the Africana Studies Department of CSU Dominguez Hills College of Arts & Sciences Sponsored by the National Endowment For the Humanities


Ira Bourgeois, student
Arlinda Clark, Wesley United Methodist Church Historian
Dr. Jacqueline C. DjeDje, Professor of Ethnomusicology, UCLA
Althea L. Garrett, ADSMM Lead Research Liaison
Ebony Haywoood, CSUDH graduate student
John E. Mayes, Jr., Member, Wesley United Methodist Church
Felix R. Romero, ADSMM Research Liaison
Evangeline Seward, ADSMM Board member
Bronette Simms, Wesley United Methodist Church Historian
Antoinette Tarkington, ADSMM Research Liaison
Dr. Don Lee White, ADSMM Board member

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.