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Harlem Speaks
Father Peter O'Brien
March 6, 2008

Peter F. O'Brien, S.J. is a Roman Catholic priest and a member of The Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He met legendary jazz pianist, arranger and composer Mary Lou Williams in 1964 when he was 23 and she 53 years of age. A deep friendship began immediately and endured until Ms. Williams' death in 1981. He began to represent her in some business matters as early as 1966 and became her personal manager in the autumn of 1970. He teaches English composition at St. Peter's College in Jersey City, NJ, and is a chaplain for Compassionate Care Hospice in that city. He is also the Executive Director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation.

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