Black History: is this Raul Julia?

Black History: is this Raul Julia?

You may be surprised– This was Henry Jay Lewis a U.S. Black musician and conductor. A talented musician, Henry was the first Black to serve as a conductor and musical director of a major American orchestra (the New Jersey Symphony) in 1968, and the first Black to conduct the Metropolitan Opera, in 1972.

This is the real Raul Julia.

This is the real Raul Julia.

Raul Julia was a powerful actor known well for his acting in The Addams Family and Kiss of the Spider Woman among many. At the end of his life he became increasingly radicalized, more visible in his participation on the films The Burning Season and Romero and on the PBS documentary Americas.

They both rose to prominence from humble origins, died two years apart, and left an admirable legacy.


About Dennis R. Hidalgo
I am a historian of the Atlantic World. I am passionate about people, those alive in the present and those who left little trace of their past.

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