Hazel Joan Bryant

Hazel Joan Bryant (September 8, 1939 – November 7, 1983) was an African-American actress, opera singer, director, and playwright.[1] She founded the Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art in 1969 and served as the executive director until 1983.[2] Bryant died of a heart attack the same evening she spoke at the United Nations.[3]

Education and trainingEdit

Bryant studied and performed music at the Peabody Preparatory School of Music, the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and the Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg.[2] Bryant received a degree in theater administration from the Columbia University School of the Arts.[4]


  1. ^ Norflett, Linda. "Bryant, Hazel J." In Hine, Darlene Clark, ed. Black Women in America: Music, Encyclopedia of Black Women in America. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 1997. African-American History Online. Facts On File, Inc. (accessed October 13, 2014).
  2. ^ a b Fraser, C. Gerald (November 10, 1983). "Hazel Bryant Dies; Producer and Cultural Center Founder". New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  3. ^ Freedman, Samuel G. (November 30, 1983). "Hazel Bryant Remembered at Harlem Candlelight Ceremony". New York Times. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  4. ^ Hazel Bryant- Playwright Dramatist