Scholar and literary icon Albert Murray (1916 – 2013)

Sad moment in American history

Roots Rhythm and Rhyme

The world is mourning the loss of one of its most prolific cultural figures, Mr. Albert Murray, who passed away August 18 at the age of 97. The author and critic was a sound force in the integration of the blues and other forms of African American culture within literature. Murray was a part of the generation of writers who transformed the perception of black literature. Those include his good friend and Tuskegee Institute classmate Ralph Ellison, whose novel The Invisible Man, was a milestone in African American fiction.

Murray shared acclaimed poet Langston Hughes philosophy that the blues were an integral part of American culture and should be celebrated on the same level as European art.

He wrote a series of acclaimed works including the highly-praised book, Stomping the Blues, which presents a thorough, well documented musical analysis of blues as a form of music and as a…

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