beethoven as a black composer is a myth. it was first theorised in 1907 or earlier (berwick sayers, “samuel coleridge-taylor, musician: his life and letters”, 203), and popularised in 1944 by j.a. rogers in “sex and race” (v. 3, 306-309), however most of his evidence is circumstantial at best, and fabricated at worst. he offers a darkened reproduction of letronne’s portrait of beethoven to contrast with a lightened portrait of clarence cameron white in his attempt to sway the reader to his point of view (v. 1, 8). however, despite descriptions of beethoven as having “negroid” characteristics (hertz, “race and civilisation”, 123, 178), he was flemish through and through, as was the rest of his family up to 1917 (macardle, “beethoven extracts”, 346-347). leading black music scholars agree that beethoven was not black (de lerma, “beethoven as a black musician” bmrj v. 10, 118-121; et al). have you considered championing the chevalier de saint-georges instead? there are lots of black composers. beethoven almost certainly wasn’t one of them. sorry.