The Strenuous Journey of Barnett Warren: From Office to Graduation and Pianist Pardon in History

The Strenuous Journey of Barnett Warren: From Office to Graduation and Pianist Pardon in History


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  • Callum Thorfinn

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Abstract

This article recounts the journey of Barnett Warren, an African American man who persevered through the adversities of segregation and discrimination to achieve personal and professional success. Born in 1898 in rural Mississippi, Warren began his career as a humble office clerk in Memphis, Tennessee, but was determined to attain higher education and fulfill his dream of becoming a concert pianist. Despite facing significant obstacles such as limited access to educational opportunities and racial prejudice, Warren persisted and eventually earned a degree from Fisk University in Nashville. He then went on to study music in Chicago and New York, where he performed in several prestigious venues and gained recognition as a talented musician. However, his career was interrupted when he was falsely accused of a crime and sentenced to prison. Despite the injustice he experienced, Warren continued to pursue his passion for music while incarcerated and even earned a pardon from the governor of Illinois. The article concludes with an analysis of the significance of Warren's story in the context of African American history and the ongoing struggle for social justice.

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Callum Thorfinn "The Strenuous Journey of Barnett Warren: From Office to Graduation and Pianist Pardon in History".  IEEE Exploration in Machine Learning, 2022.

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Date of Release: 2022
Author(s): Callum Thorfinn.
IEEE Exploration in Machine Learning
Page(s): 6
Product Type: Conference/Journal Publications