Betty Jackson King
1928 - 1994
Betty Jackson King was born in Chicago and received her early musical training from her mother, Gertrude Jackson Taylor. She completed her bachelor's and master's degrees at Roosevelt University. She taught music and directed the high school choir in the public school in Wildwood, New Jersey, before her 1989 retirement. From 1979-1984 she was President of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. She has written many choral works, art songs, and arrangements of spirituals which are widely performed.
Works in Our Collections:
- Calvary (Spiritual) (1954) - found in Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers
- In the Springtime (1976) - found in Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers
- It's Me, O Lord (Spiritual) (1988) - found in Art Songs and Spirituals by African-American Women Composers
- Spring Intermezzo - found in Black Women Composers: A Century of Piano Music (1893-1990)