Hazel Scott

In 1928, the founder of Juilliard overheard an audition of someone improvising on a Rachmaninoff classic. Appalled, he went to confront the blasphemer, but found an 8yo Black girl (Hazel Scott), whose hands were too small to hit all the right keys. She was deemed a prodigy & accepted immediately.

She was prominent as a jazz singer throughout the 1930s and 1940s, and is revered for what she did for equality as well.