Jazz singer Alicia Olatuja performs for Black History Month

Friday, February 14, 2014 | 12:00 p.m. CST; updated 2:09 p.m. CST, Friday, February 14, 2014

COLUMBIA — Jazz and soul singer Alicia Olatuja returned to MU on Thursday to perform in a concert to celebrate Black History Month..

The MU Black History Month Committee, Mizzou Alumni Association and the School of Music sponsored the concert. Olatuja, a 2005 MU School of Music graduate, is known for her performance at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration with the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.

“[The inauguration] was incredibly historical and I was standing where Martin Luther King and Marian Anderson sang,” Olatuja said. “Black History Month is an opportunity to look back on those things and cherish them, and it inspires us to move forward.”

After graduating from MU, Olatuja studied at the Manhattan School of Music and now lives in New York and performs regularly.

Olatuja will release her debut album as a solo artist in August.

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