[Blackstudies-l] Ysaye M. Barnwell's speech is the best I've heard at Commencement --

Maria Lima lima at geneseo.edu
Fri May 20 10:20:55 EDT 2016

Alumna Ysaye Barnwell '67/MS '68 in Line for National Council on the Arts
[image: Ysaye Barnwell] <http://www.geneseo.edu/image/ysaye-barnwell>

GENESEO, N.Y. – President Barack Obama intends to nominate SUNY Geneseo
alumna Ysaye M. Barnwell to membership on the National Council on the Arts
<https://www.arts.gov/about/national-council-arts>, the White House
announced today.

The influential arts organization advises the chairman of the National
Endowment for the Arts on agency policies and programs. It reviews and
makes recommendations to the chairman on applications for grants, funding
guidelines, and leadership initiatives.

Barnwell received both a bachelor's and master's degree in speech pathology
from Geneseo in 1967 and 1968, respectively.  She also earned a doctorate
in speech pathology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree
in public health from Howard University. Geneseo conferred a honorary
doctorate of humane letters on her during commencement in 1998.

Barnwell, best known as a singer in the Grammy Award winning,
internationally renowned all-woman African American a cappella ensemble
"Sweet Honey in the Rock," is president and owner of Barnwell’s Notes
Publishing, Inc., a position she has held since 1985.  She is prolific
composer and has been commissioned to create music for dance, choral, film
and stage productions. She is a master teacher and choral clinician in
African American cultural performance and conducts music workshops around
the world.  She also has acted in a television series and appeared in the
1998 film "Beloved," which starred Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.

Barnwell was a very active and involved student at Geneseo during the Civil
Rights Movement in the 1960s. She was at Geneseo when Dr. Martin Luther
King was assassinated in 1968 and sang at the college's first memorial
commemoration. She has made several visits to Geneseo recently, including
in 2011 to help Geneseo celebrate the life and legacy of King by conducting
a campus/community sing.

Among other positions, Barnwell was project director at Gallaudet
University and worked at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center. She
also was a professor of speech pathology in the College of Dentistry at
Howard University.

Media Contact:
David Irwin
Media Relations Director
(585) 245-5529
Irwin at geneseo.edu
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