UNIVERSITY RELATIONS : XAVIER IN THE NEWS
Work of 1959 African-American Xavier Alumnus broadcast on NPR
Russell Goings was one of the first African Americans to graduate from Xavier University in the 1950s and was also the first African American to own a brokerage firm on Wall Street. He sponsored a major exhibit a few years ago at Xavier of art by Romare Bearden, which he obtained through a long friendship with the Harlem renaissance artist.
Fairfield University, the Jesuit university in Fairfield, Connecticut, and WNPR collaborated on the program "African American Storytelling: From Griot to Written Word," an exploration of Goings’ poem "The Birth of 'The Children of Children Keep Coming: an Epic Griotsong." In 2001, Goings completed the epic 309-page poem that draws on the traditions of West African griots to sing the history of blacks in the United States. The hour-long performance delineates and celebrates African American cultural history through a story and song adaptation of the poem. Tony Award®-winning actor Brian Stokes Mitchell narrates. WVXU (91.7 FM) broadcast the program on February 21 at 8:00 pm.