Leon Atkinson, a classical guitarist, emigrated from New York to Sandpoint in the 1970s
In the world of classical music, Atkinson was an anomaly – a black musician in an environment where, at the time, few were to be found. He met the challenge heartily, establishing guitar programs at Jersey State College and the extension division of the Manhattan School of Music. The guitarist later “helped break the barrier” on Broadway, working an extended run of the hit show, “Promises, Promises” as a black musician on the Great White Way.
I’m glad someone covered this story and we have a place to read about our people who have and are doing great things and making a contribution to the culture. I had the opportunity to hear Leon play some years ago and he certainly knows how to play.