Video Published: 24 Feb 2021

Meet the Composer: Mary D. Watkins

Meet Mary D. Watkins, a 2020 Discovery Grant recipient from the Opera Grants for Female Composers program. Her upcoming work Dark River: The Fannie Lou Hamer Story is an opera in two acts about voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, the granddaughter of slaves and daughter of sharecroppers who was one of the first Black Americans to register to vote in Mississippi.

Opera Grants for Female Composers are supported by the Virginia B. Toulmin Foundation.