This week it's all about the arts.
First up, Camilla Williams, believed to be the first African American in a major U.S. opera company. She made her debut in 1946 with the New York Opera Company, singing her signature role, Cio-Cio-San, in Puccini's "Madama Butterfly".
- Retired from Opera in 1971
- Taught at Brooklyn College, Bronx College, and Queens College
- First African American professor of voice at Indiana University
- In 1983 guest professor at Beijing's Central Conservatory
- Retired from teaching in 1997
Camilla Williams recently passed, January 30, 2012 from complications from cancer. To learn more about her story click here.
Thank you for your contributions, your shoulder's we stand on.