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Imagine a world where everyone had an equal place at the starting line.


Dolphus Stroud (CC ’31) walked 2,000 miles for a chance to compete.


Your donation can make a difference through RACE the Opera’s Stroud Leadership Academy (SLA).

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The Stroud Family Legacy: Courage, Faith and Perseverance


The first generation out of slavery, Dolphus Stroud and his 10 siblings gave back to their communities and invested in future generations.


Your small donation can change the life of thousands of people in the USA and around the world.


You will get an exclusive video link that narrates the Stroud family history of achievements, Executive VIP access to SLA, events and artifacts.

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RACE’S SLA Helps Umer Grow Startup


Under the guidance of the Stroud Leadership Academy (SLA), Umer, a resident of Pakistan, has grown his website creation and online marketing business. In war-torn regions, he has trained and hired other family members to work in his growing startup.

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What You Get


$100-$200.  Chorus: Oh, my!  We love the way you sing! You get…

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Stroud family and friends, you will receive: (1) Access to online preview recitals; (2) Stroud family artifacts related to the opera (approximately 20-30 images and original writings); (3) Playbook for family heritage / DNA research and links used for conducting Stroud and Shines family research.


$300-$500.  Divas & Divos: Hi, Gorgeous!  You get…

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Everything above, plus: (1) Complementary Early Access to Stroud Academy Online Business Masterclasses (available mid-June 2022); (2) Your name listed on our Race website; (3) 2022 VIP recital access (4) Recognition at the Stroud Family July 2nd Extravaganza (5) An exclusive album by our artistic director, João MacDowell; (6) Access to “Making Of” Sketches (draft musical scores)


$1,500 -$3,000 // Maestra & Maestro:  You’re leading a movement.  You get…

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Everything above, plus: (1) Unlimited access to Stroud Leadership Academy training material and templates; (2) One Team Coaching Training Session of your choice by Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt Frank Shines; (3) Logo placement on our Race website and all public programs through to the 2024 Premiere; (4) 2022 VIP recital access @ Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum with a verbal call out as concert sponsor

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Dolphus Outruns Same Field that Beat Him


I’m Frank (Stroud) Shines.


On Sunday June 1, 1930, two years after collapsing from malnutrition and exhaustion at the 1928 Olympic Trials, my grandfather Tandy and his brother Dolphus outpaced those who beat Dolphus in 1928.


This time Dolphus did not have to run, walk and hitchhike 2,000 miles across 1928 de facto segregated America because he was not allowed to ride the train with the white athletes.


Imagine if people of all genders, religions, races, ethnicities, economic and social class had an equal place at the starting line.


In honor of my grandfather Tandy, my great uncle Dolphus (both star scholar-athletes), and their parents and siblings, RACE gives back to underserved communities in the USA, Angola, Ghana and Brazil through the Stroud Leadership Academy.


Thank you for helping current and future generations of Stroud, business and community leaders.

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Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum



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The Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum (CSPM) has partnered with IBOC and the Stroud Family. The opera will debut at 2pm, July 2, 2022 at CSPM




Sachs Foundation


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The Sachs Foundation provides college scholarships to Black students from Colorado. The Sachs Foundation was first envisioned in 1927 when Henry Sachs promised family friend Effie Stroud, the top student at Colorado Springs High School, that he would pay for her to attend Colorado College. Effie’s brother Dolphus became the first scholarship recipient.






Colorado College Stroud Scholars



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Dolphus is a 1931 graduate of Colorado College as was his younger sister, Effie.  The Stroud Scholars program honors the legacy of two of the earliest African-American students to graduate from Colorado College, siblings Kelley Dolphus Stroud ’31 and Effie Stroud Frazier ’31, who persevered through discrimination yet excelled in education and in their lives.

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