Original pencil drawing by J. M. Spencer

Jon Michael Spencer was a student of William Stoney at Hampton University. Even as an undergraduate, Dr. Spencer's works were eurocentered but informed by a rich vocabulary drawn from a variety of African American musical forms. In 1983, he set aside music composition to pursue research and publication, focusing on African American music and spiritual traditions. Dr. Spencer is currently the Tyler and Alice Haynes Professor of American Studies at the University of Richmond and has published fourteen books.
Original pencil drawing
by J. M. Spencer

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