Sunday, February 27, 2022

Marian Anderson 125, February 27, 2022

Contralto Marian Anderson was born 125 years ago today, on 27-February-1897. I have seen other dates mentioned. During her career she broke many color barriers. She is most famous for her 1939 concert in Washington, DC. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let her sing before an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband took up the cause and arranged for her to sing from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on 09-April-1939. My grandmother and two oldest aunts joined with the First Lady and resigned from the DAR. The DAR later repudiated its position.

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