Tomorrow morning, I plan to present the City’s highest honor — a Key — to Grace Bumbry. Ms. Bumbry will be in St. Louis as part of the St. Louis Argus Foundation’s annual Lunch with the Legends program during Black History Month.
Grace Bumbry who was born in St. Louis, sang in the choir of Union Memorial Methodist Church, and graduated from Sumner High --was the American Idol of her time: she was the 1954 winner on Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scout radio show. She went on to become an international opera superstar, performing the leading roles of the greatest operas at the most prestigious venues. Since retiring from her professional career, she has volunteered her time as a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations. She resides in Austria — though, I could imagine her living in the CWE.
Grace Bumbry receives the Key to the City for her service.