by Willia Estelle Daughtry
Vision and Reality: The Story of “Black Patti” Matilda Sissieretta Joyner Jones is a trail-blazing biography of a talented, musically-educated African-American pioneer of the concert and theatrical stages during the hostile and malignant post-Civil War era. This historical and deeply personal account will add a unique artists to the major accounts of American art history.
The first complete sociological study of Sissieretts Jones’ life, Vision and Reality expands the lists of artistic personalities and aims to increase public cognizance of their contributions, regardless of color.
About the Author: Willia Estelle Daughtry, a native of Portsmouth, is a longtime resident of Hampton, Virginia. She is a retired professor emerita in music from Hampton University. Her many years of study in music education culminated in her completion of a doctor of philosophy degree in interdisciplinary humanities-musicology from Syracuse University.
Ms. Daughtry is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Portsmouth. In addition to her professional work as a pianist, organist, and accompanist, she enjoys needlecraft, cooking, and reading.
The author has published numerous academic articles relating to her studies; this is her first published book.
(2002, paperback, 168 pages)