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Willie T Summerville

Coordinator of Outreach Activities of African American Studies

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Willie T. Summerville taught choral music in Urbana schools for over 38 years. During his tenure with the Urbana Schools, his choirs sang at many venues, including Carnegie Hall, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, D. C., the Lobby of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. Willie received many honors throughout his teaching career, including being named Hometown Hero in Education by President Clinton in 1999.

Willie currently serves as the Outreach Coordinator for the Department of African American Studies and teaches AFRO 498, "Harmonizing Select Differences using African American Sacred Music" during the spring semester.  

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