Kansas City, Kansas
|Died||25 January 1974
Los Angels, California
Nora Douglas Holt, born Lena Douglas, was an American singer, composer and music critic, who was born in Kansas and was the first African American to receive a master’s degree in the United States. She composed more than 200 works of music and was associated with the leading figures of the Harlem Renaissance and the co-founder of the National Association of Negro Musicians. She died in 1974 in Los Angeles.
Due to a theft in the 1920’s, all but two of her compositions were lost: “Negro Dance” for piano and a song, “The Sandman.”