Meltarrus Washington and the role of music in the desegregation of Fort Lewis

For her final paper in my¬†Musical History of Tacoma¬†class this past Spring, UW Tacoma student Sunny Cada explored the vital role that music played in helping along the desegregation of the US military, specifically citing the example of musician Meltarrus Washington. Sergeant Meltarrus "Mel" Washington (1919-2007) came to Fort Lewis in 1944 as the drum... Continue Reading →


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