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Robert F. Smith Becomes Carnegie Hall's First African-American Chairman

Robert F. Smith paves the way for African Americans and diversity at Carnegie Hall.
Robert F. Smith Becomes Carnegie Hall’s First African-American Chairman
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Billionaire and former Goldman Sachs banker, Robert F. Smith, has been elected chairman of Carnegie Hall’s board of trustees. The appointment is a historic moment in the concert hall’s history because Smith is the first African-American to be appointed chairman.

Smith joined the board in 2013 and donated $1 million to the hall’s 125th anniversary gala last month.

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The Wall Street Journal reports that in recent years Carnegie Hall has take steps to boost diversity in its programming and efforts to expand the pool of classical musicians. 

Carnegie’s new chairman stated that he was honored and humbled by the new position.

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“I look forward to building on the Hall’s already considerable outreach efforts into communities to reach our next generation of music lovers and performers.”

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