A very interesting article by Livia Gershon — about a paper written by Marie McCarthy of the University of Michigan..
Apparently, Detroit was not only a town of recreational music. Schools nurtured young talents with special educational programs; educators gave kids with promising skills and the love for music the confidence to go out and perform.
“Since the 1920s, McCarthy writes, the Detroit Public School system had been known for its excellence. And, despite racism and segregation within the system, vocal Black citizens successfully demanded resources for schools in their neighborhoods. That included both specialized performing arts programs and strong music offerings at regular neighborhood schools.” (JSTOR Daily, Livia Gershon)