Rust College Welcomes Grammy-Nominated Alumnae as Convocation Speaker for Founders' Celebration 2013


Rust College will welcome alumnus and Grammy-nominated artist Anita Ward Richardson, '78, as keynote speaker during the 147th Founders' Convocation. The convocation will be held Sunday, November 10 at 11:00 a.m. in Morehouse Auditorium of the Doxey Alumni Fine Arts-Communication Building.



skyrocketed to the top of the charts at age 22 with disco hit "Ring My Bell." Born in Memphis, Tennessee, the oldest of five children, Richardson says singing came naturally to her. She grew up singing in her local church, as well as various other churches. 


While attending Rust College, she was a member of the Rust College A'Cappella choir, where she quickly became a featured vocalist. Her first professional recording was with the choir as they accompanied opera singer Leontyne Price.


With the success of "Ring My Bell," Richardson went on to extensive tours in the United States and Europe, including Spain, Germany and the Netherlands. She has also toured and performed in Central and South America, Mexico and Brazil. Her television appearances include: "The Midnight Special," "The Merv Griffin Show," "American Bandstand" and "Top of the Pop in England."


During the 1990s, she chose to resume teaching, a career she began prior to her worldwide hit. She says although she is a full-time wife and mother, music has never ceased to be a part of her life. Richardson's hit "Ring My Bell" is still popular around the world. It was featured on Wii's Gameplay "Just Dance (November 2009) and has been featured on the soundtracks of 14 movies over the past three decades; as recently as 2010 in "The Book of Eli."