W C Handy Foundation History


In New York City  During the 1940's, WC Handy fell from a subway platform and received a critical head injury.

The last 18 years of his long and productive career he lived as a blind working businessman, performer, and public figure.

In the 1940's WC Handy founded the WC Handy Foundation for the Blind to financially support Negro musicians who were blind or vision impaired.

In Keeping with this tradition, his sole surviving grandson, Dr. Carlos R.Handy, reorganized the nonprofit for support of events, activities, and scholarships that will impact the wellbeing of disabled or disadvantaged children for whom the enjoyment of music will enhance their lives.