Locations: David H. Stull Recital Hall, Studio OC, and the Hotel at Oberlin
Shirley Graham Du Bois was an Oberlin alumna, composer, playwright, biographer, nation builder, and activist. She was one of the first black women to stage an opera in the United States and one of the earliest black women musicologists.
She entered Oberlin College in 1931 to study music, receiving her AB degree in 1934 and a master's in music the following year. In 1932, while still a student at Oberlin, the Cleveland Stadium Opera Company premiered Du Bois's three-act opera Tom Tom.