While a continuous recorded history that would so greatly aid in giving knowledge of African art as well as its peculiar type of civilization is not yet complete, we do know that, in spite of the obscurity of the prehistoric period, there existed a great people, as their architectural monuments alone have proved to us.On the Gold and Slave Coast every god of note has his own individual dance.The question as to whether there exists a pure Negro art in America is warmly debated.
In the field of composition, the early sporadic efforts by people of African descent, while not without historic importance, have been succeeded by contributions from a rising group of talented composers of color who are beginning to find a listening public.
Facts for this volume have been obtained from educated African scholars with whom the author sought acquaintanceship and from printed sources found in the Boston Public Library, the New York Public Library and the Music Division of the Library of Congress.
The author has also had access to rare collections and private libraries which include her own.
Together with the musical activities of an art centre, she fostered and promoted a "Little Theatre" movement among the Negroes of Boston.
Included in the plays produced her original play "Antar," written around the life of the Arabian poet, was staged in Boston under her personal direction. Hare has appeared with great success as recitalist, with William Howard Richardson, the baritone, at such educational centers as Wellesley College, Syracuse University, Albany (New York) Historical and Art Association, and elsewhere in costume recitals of music of the Orient and the Tropics.