In the early 19th century, an Irish planter named George McWhorter brought young Frank, an enslaved African man, from South Carolina to Kentucky to manage his holdings in Pulaski County.
Frank thus acquired a keen business sense and acquired valuable land management knowledge – an essential skill in the 19th century.
Early Life and Education
McWhorter was raised in a mixed-race neighborhood, constantly subjected to racism. As an academic prodigy, his classmates taunted and ridiculed him for being different.
He studied linguistics and was one of the most prominent and outspoken professors in this field today. His research focused on pidgin and creole languages, leading to the development of several theories such as the Creole Prototype Hypothesis and Afrogenesis Theory.
He was a renowned writer on race relations, contending that the cultural left has gone too far in its efforts to promote anti-racism ideas. Books such as Ibram X Kendi’s How to Be an Antiracist and Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility have had an influential effect on public opinion regarding this matter.
George McWhorter, Curator of Rare Books at the University of Louisville, combined his remarkable musical career with what would become the University’s largest institutional collection of TARZAN memorabilia to create a lasting legacy for Edgar Rice Burroughs fans everywhere.
He sang with the Louisville Opera Company (JENUFA, BOHEME, TOSCA, TABARRO and CARMINA BURANA) as well as fund raising concerts for the Louisville Fund for the Arts at local women’s clubs, Rotary Clubs and civic concert series in other states. In March 1980 he performed in Donizetti’s IL CAMPANELLO at Spalding Auditorium followed by concerts at Louisville Women’s Club.
He returned to New York City, singing for several seasons with the New York City Center Opera (Julius Rudel as Impressario), Agnes DeMille’s company of BRIGADOON and Richard Rodgers’ MOST HAPPY FELLA). Additionally, he spent his summers performing operetta & musical comedy in stock companies throughout America & Canada (over 35 productions each lasting two weeks), being featured on radio & television broadcasts.
Achievements and Honors
George McWhorter has an illustrious and prolific career in the arts, earning him numerous accolades, including the esteemed Mucker Award.
He is an accomplished musical artist, having composed music for numerous plays and films such as Tarzan/John Carter Centennial (film version).
His artwork has also been featured in many television commercials and advertisements. Additionally, he had written songs for his own children and grandchildren.
On this date in 1890, George Tilghman McWhorter and Mary Susan McWhorter (nee Terry) were born in Alabama to Dr. George Tilghman McWhorter and Mary Susan (nee Terry). Unfortunately, on December 31st 2012 he passed away in his birthplace of Alabama, USA.
George McWhorter, who passed away in May 2012, had a remarkable career both as an accomplished musician and passionate Edgar Rice Burroughs fan. His contributions to ERBzine included creating quarterly Burroughs Bulletins and publishing The Gridley Wave newsletter monthly.
He was a renowned scholar of American history, particularly the role of opera in early America. His academic accomplishments included an ambitious 1987 thesis entitled “Scott Joplin and the Operatic Form in Pre-World War I America.”
He was an accomplished singer who sang with the Kentucky Opera for several years (BOHEME, TOSCA, TABARRO). Additionally, he appeared at local women’s clubs and civic concert series across other states. With a keen interest in both history and culture of his native country, he dedicated himself to preserving its traditions and literature for future generations.
George McWhorter has an estimated net worth of $0.5 million. He is a linguist and author renowned for his work on language. Additionally, he teaches linguistics at New York University and contributes to multiple media outlets. With 19 books under his belt covering various topics, McWhorter is well-read in the academic world.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards for his work. Additionally, he has written op-eds and columns for The New York Times in which he criticizes left-wing activists and educators such as Paulo Freire. With a bachelor’s degree from Simon’s Rock College and master’s from Rutgers University under his belt, he currently resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a birthdate of June 17, 1950.