A. Grace Lee Mims
As a musician interested in the preservation of history, Grace Lee Mims has put her money where her mouth is. By sponsoring a scholarship for African Americans to study the spirituals, she encourages education and ensures the preservation of an art form that is deeply intertwined with the struggle of African Americans to be free. She sees art as a way to connect people with history but also to each other. In this way, she actively creates culturally relevant spaces and seeks to forge opportunities for African American students to access educational insitutions.