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Amina Claudine Myers

Amina Cluadine Myers was born in Blackwell, Arkansas. She was raised by her great aunt Mrs. Emma Thomas whom she called “mama” and her uncle Buford. This is where her music lessons began, with her uncle teaching her rhythms. She started classical piano study at The Sacred Hearts Catholic School in Morrilton, Ark. before moving to Dallas, Tex in 1949. There she continued studying piano. During her elementary school years she became pianist for a local church, co-led an all female gospel group, participated in plays at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and in musical activities in school.

Myers moved back to Blackwell in 1957 and finished 11th and 12th grades at L.W. Sullivan High School. She helped form a group with two names “The Gospel Four and The Royal Hearts. This group traveled locally for gospel shows and sang rhythm and blues songs popular during that time. Amina received several scholarships for college. She went to Philander Smith College, majoring in music education. She played in the jazz band under the direction of Mr. Whaley the head of the music department during her freshman year.

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