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Painting of the orig­i­nal Fisk Jubilee Singers by the court painter of Queen Victoria. This life-size can­vas is housed in the Appleton Room of Fisk’s Jubilee Hall.

What You Should Know about Fisk

The arti­cle here pro­vides help­ful infor­ma­tion about Fisk University.

Jubilee Hall, depict­ed below, is a liv­ing mon­u­ment to the orig­i­nal Fisk Jubilee Singers, who raised enor­mous funds from their tours through­out the United States and Europe, begin­ning in 1871, as they intro­duced the Negro Spiritual to the world as art song.

Fisk University, found­ed in 1866, has a rich lega­cy of excel­lence and lead­er­ship in high­er edu­ca­tion. To get acquaint­ed with its his­to­ry, click here. Its grad­u­ates have been out­stand­ing in their careers and their ser­vice to human­i­ty over the years  The University’s mis­sion and val­ues are set forth here.

Clinton B. Fisk

General Clinton Bowen Fisk (December 8, 1828 – July 9, 1890), a founder and bene­fac­tor for whom the Fisk Memorial Chapel and the University are named, was a native of the state of New York. However, he spent much of his child­hood in Coldwater, Michigan, and is buried there in the Oak Grove Cemetery, about 125 miles south­west of Detroit. Read an arti­cle by Fisk University’s his­to­ry pro­fes­sor Dr. Reavis L. Mitchell, Jr., about General Fisk.

Maggie L. Porter

Maggie L. Porter (1853–1942), the longest liv­ing of the orig­i­nal Fisk Jubilee Singers, came to live in Detroit, where she met her hus­band Daniel Cole. They formed their own troupe, Original Jubilee Singers, and per­formed wide­ly in the United States and abroad. She was 89 years old when she passed away in Detroit.

Jubilee Hall

Spirit of Detroit

The Detroit Fisk Club

Detroit is the largest city in Michigan and is locat­ed, across the Detroit River, from Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Over the years, there have been many Detroit area and Michigan-wide Fisk grad­u­ates — Fiskites. The 60-year-old Spirit of Detroit Statue is an icon­ic sym­bol of our great city.

The Detroit Fisk Club is the only Fisk Club in Michigan and, there­fore, is rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the entire state of  over 300 known Fisk alum­ni. The Detroit Fisk Club is a chap­ter of the General Alumni Association of Fisk University (GAAFU) and its Midwest Region. The Club assists Fisk University with the recruit­ment and sup­port of stu­dents from Michigan and in fundrais­ing for the University. It also engages with sim­i­lar alum­ni orga­ni­za­tions in the Detroit area from oth­er Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in mutu­al­ly ben­e­fi­cial endeav­ors.

From September 14–16, 2018, the Detroit Fisk Club was host chap­ter for the GAAFU Midwest Biennial Regional Conference in down­town Detroit and, on September 15, spon­sored a fundrais­ing event, cel­e­brat­ing alum­na Deborah Fitzgerald Copeland ’70, at the N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art in Detroit.

Former pres­i­dents of the Detroit Fisk Club have includ­ed JoAnn Washington ’61; Robert Orr, DO, ’59; Leonard Davis, DDS, ’58; Maurice Shane ’67; John Carruthers ’73; William Burton, JD, ’85; and Yolanda Hudson, MA, ’87.

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