Aurora arts school iconic namesake celebrates 103rd birthday with students
Posted on 10/06/2023
Charles Burrell with students during his 103rd birthday celebration

Charles Burrell, namesake of the Charles Burrell Visual and Performing Arts Campus, celebrated his 103rd birthday with students at the school Wednesday morning. 

Students danced, sang songs and presented him with brightly decorated birthday posters. 

School district officials also presented Burrell with a plaque, which states that Oct. 4 will be recognized as Burrell Day, to honor “his accomplishments as one of the first African American musicians to obtain a major contract with a symphony.”

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