Marian Anderson‘s Easter concert in 1939 turned the Lincoln Memorial into the go-to site for great moments in American social justice. “Voice of Freedom” explores her life and legacy.
The backstory is even more inspiring. Via Wikipedia:
the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) had her barred from singing in Washington D.C.’s Constitution Hall because she was black. Officials of the District of Columbia also barred her from performing in the auditorium of a white public high school. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt helped hold the concert at Lincoln Memorial, on federal property.
Here’s a newsreel from the time that declares her the finest voice in a century and plays her stirring rendition of “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”
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