Oral Interview: W.D. ALLEN JR.


African American Music Collection: the interviews

Oral/Writen Interview: W.D. ALLEN JR

But that oral/written history was something he had done for what I believe was the University of Chicago, who was interviewing prominent Black Musicians on their stories. That would be my Uncle "Dunc", who wrote that. We actually have the original letter he wrote of the one you attached, which describs the history of the family. We also have a photograph of WD Sr.’s parents, Charles and Sarah (my Great-great grandparents) and their 9 children (including WD Allen, Sr.).

Yah that’s my Uncle Dunc, we have more things from him than we want! Haha. Aside from being a famed concert pianist, he was an avid fan of the typewriter. I remember receiving many letters when I was younger. But that oral/written history was something he had done for what I believe was the University of Chicago, who was interviewing prominent Black Musicians on their stories.If you want any information regarding WD Jr., we have more than enough, including a playbill which stated: "Starring Paul Robeson and Accompanied by William Duncan Allen Jr." But both Uncle Dunc and his younger sister Constance ("Nellie" as she was called) were classically trained concert pianists, who very much involved with the Black Experience. I have a letter addressed to both WD Jr. and Nellie (as well as her husband Hughe) from Ralph Bunche, where he describes his then recent experience at the March from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

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But that oral/written history was something he had done for what I believe was the University of Chicago, who was interviewing prominent Black Musicians on their stories.
That would be my Uncle "Dunc", who wrote that. We actually have the original letter he wrote of the one you attached, which describs the history of the family. We also have a photograph of WD Sr.’s parents, Charles and Sarah (my Great-great grandparents) and their 9 children (including WD Allen, Sr.).
Yah that’s my Uncle Dunc, we have more things from him than we want! Haha. Aside from being a famed concert pianist, he was an avid fan of the typewriter. I remember receiving many letters when I was younger. But that oral/written history was something he had done for what I believe was the University of Chicago, who was interviewing prominent Black Musicians on their stories.
If you want any information regarding WD Jr., we have more than enough, including a playbill which stated: "Starring Paul Robeson and Accompanied by William Duncan Allen Jr." But both Uncle Dunc and his younger sister Constance ("Nellie" as she was called) were classically trained concert pianists, who very much involved with the Black Experience. I have a letter addressed to both WD Jr. and Nellie (as well as her husband Hughe) from Ralph Bunche, where he describes his then recent experience at the March from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights.

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