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When Music Broke the Color Barrier

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The authors recount how East Carolina University took a big step toward integration four years before the first black student enrolled at the university when the Dave Brubeck Quartet performed there on the night of February 5, 1958. Brubeck arrived with a new bassist, Eugene Wright, who was black, and there were laws preventing black performers from appearing on stage. A compromise was reached, but the dam had been breached. Many black performers appeared in the following years.