Steve April 1, 2021
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After refusing to change the last line of a score Daniel Roumain wrote for an upcoming production commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre the opera composer was reportedly “decommissioned” by The Tulsa Opera.

Roumain was set to work on the upcoming “Greenwood Overcomes” concert, a program aimed at memorializing the centennial of the Black Wall Street massacre of 1921, according to Black Enterprise. He announced his termination on Twitter.

“I was asked to create a new work for them. I composed the words and music for a new aria, and the last 2 lines are, ‘God Bless America; God Damn America!’ They asked me to omit ‘Damn’. I refused. They fired me. Life in Black America.” Roumain revealed in a March 19 tweet.

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According to Atlanta Black Star, The Tulsa Opera released a statement defending its actions, noting Roumain was decommissioned because he was inflexible and refused to compromise. The statement went on to say that Denyce Graves, the singer Roumain was hired to compose for, was uncomfortable with some of the lyrics.

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“The piece that Mr. Roumain submitted, ‘They Still Want to Kill Us,’ contained lyrics that Ms. Graves felt uneasy singing. Ms. Graves expressed her concerns to Mr. Roumain, and he was asked if he would consider altering his lyrics. He declined,” the statement read.

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After refusing to change the last line of a score Daniel Roumain wrote for an upcoming production commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa race massacre the opera composer was reportedly “decommissioned” by The Tulsa Opera.

Roumain was set to work on the upcoming “Greenwood Overcomes” concert, a program aimed at memorializing the centennial of the Black Wall Street massacre of 1921, according to Black Enterprise. He announced his termination on Twitter.

“I was asked to create a new work for them. I composed the words and music for a new aria, and the last 2 lines are, ‘God Bless America; God Damn America!’ They asked me to omit ‘Damn’. I refused. They fired me. Life in Black America.” Roumain revealed in a March 19 tweet.

RELATED: Attorneys file lawsuit seeking redress for Tulsa massacre

According to Atlanta Black Star, The Tulsa Opera released a statement defending its actions, noting Roumain was decommissioned because he was inflexible and refused to compromise. The statement went on to say that Denyce Graves, the singer Roumain was hired to compose for, was uncomfortable with some of the lyrics.

RELATED: Search for Tulsa massacre victims resumes, no remains yet

“The piece that Mr. Roumain submitted, ‘They Still Want to Kill Us,’ contained lyrics that Ms. Graves felt uneasy singing. Ms. Graves expressed her concerns to Mr. Roumain, and he was asked if he would consider altering his lyrics. He declined,” the statement read.

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