National Medal of Arts

Music City Walk of Fame

Dove Award for Poor Man Lazarus in the CD
In Bright Mansions

Inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame

Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the National Arts Club of New York

National Medal of Arts

Noted as the premier carriers of the Negro spirituals, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were selected in November 2008 as one of nine recipients of the 2008 National Medal of Arts.

The award, which is the highest recognition for artistic excellence given by the United States Government, was presented by President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

Award recipients are selected based on their contributions to the creation, growth, and support of the arts in the United States. Each year, the Arts Endowment seeks nominations from individuals and organizations across the country.

As the premiere a cappella
ensemble in the nation, I
consider this award one that
brings great recognition to the
Fisk Jubilee Singers

It is my hope that this will be
an inspiration to younger
generations of Fisk students
who will come to know that
while Fisk University is a small
institution, it has a great deal
of wealth to offer globally

Paul Kwami
Musical Director and
Mike Curb Jubilee Singers
Endowed Chair

Photo below by James Kegley for the National
Endowment for the Arts.

Fisk Jubilee Singers - National Medal of Arts ceremony