Still, William Grant
- Daniel J. Leab
Still, William Grant (11 May 1895–03 December 1978), composer, orchestrator and arranger, and musician, once called the "Dean of Afro-American Composers", composer, orchestrator and arranger, and musician, once called the “Dean of Afro-American Composers,” was born in Woodville, Mississippi, the son of William Grant Still, a music teacher and bandmaster, and Carrie Lena Fambro, a schoolteacher. His father died during Still’s infancy. Still and his mother moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, where she taught school and in 1909 or 1910 married Charles Shepperson, a railway postal clerk, who strongly supported his stepson’s musical interests. Still graduated from high school at sixteen, valedictorian of his class, and went to Wilberforce University....