Past Program and Event Videos

Reflections of Women in Black Music in Philadelphia by Author and Musician Toni Rose

February 7, 2018
Recorded by Paul Gibson of Word-4-Word Productions

A conversation with author and musician Toni Rose about African American women in music in Philadelphia. She discusses Willa Ward of the World-Famous Ward Singers, about whom Rose and Willa Ward-Royster collaborated on How I Got Over: Clara Ward and the World-Famous Ward Singers, published by Temple University Press. Rose will also reflects on world-renowned saxophonist Myrtle Young, an original member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm.

Toni Rose is a freelance writer and musician. She has worked with many bands and groups as a vocalist and drummer. She sculpts and writes poetry and was co-owner of High Fashion Designs: Ben-Toni Label.

This program was part of the Libraries' Beyond the Page public programming series. More at

Video Recorder & Historical Archivist - WORD-4-WORD PRODUCTIONS is an independent video production entity devoted to recording and archiving events and activities of historical significance to the African American community.