We are pleased to share day XII of 540’s 2nd Annual Digital Black History Month Education Campaign
Eubie Banks | Composer & Musician
Name: James (Eubie) Hurbert Banks
Date of Birth: 2/7/1887- 2/12/1983
Place of Birth: Baltimore, Maryland
- Wrote the first broadway musical written by and for African Americans
- Pioneer of the ragtime sound
- Composed over 350 song throughout his career
About James Hubet Blake
As the ragtime sound began to wan in the ‘40s, Blake entered a music program at New York University graduating at 67 years old. In the ‘50s, there was a resurgence of the ragtime sound and Blake was rightfully recognized as one of the forefathers of the genre. Blake would end up playing live shows well into his 90’s, composing over 350 songs at the end of his career.
“Mr. James Eubie Blake was one of the most popular pianists and composers of the early 20th Century, and helped usher in the ragtime sound of that era”
About the Campaign
Every day throughout the month of February 540Blog will devote space to sharing Little Known Facts About Black Americans Throughout History. For us every month is Black History Month but we recognize and support the continuous need to take time and space to put a special spotlight on the accomplishments of Black and brown Americans from all ethnicities that have literally changed the course of history and yet have legacies that are not know by the masses.