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#OnThisDay in 1939, after being denied access to Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., American contralto Marian Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on the Lincoln Memorial steps. She went on to be a globe-trotting opera sensation.

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#OTD 1939, opera superstar Marian Anderson (“the 20th century’s Beyoncé”) sang for 75,000+ in front of the Lincoln Memorial after being turned away by @TodaysDAR . After this, DAR invited her to perform many more times. #FridayThoughts  #FlashbackFriday 

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This is what it looks like to sing for an audience of 75,000. Barred from performing at the Daughters of the American Revolution's Constitution Hall in segregated DC, Marian Anderson instead sang in a public concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. #OTD 

In honor of #WomensHistoryMonth , we’re spotlighting exhibitions that feature phenomenal women past and present! Learn more about contralto Marian Anderson, multidisciplinary artist Wendy Red Star, and painter Elaine de Kooning on the blog:

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On Easter Sunday, 1939, Marian Anderson stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial and sang to a crowd of more than 75,000 people. Learn more on "Voice of Freedom." Watch for free on the PBS Video App or on our website here ⬇️

marian anderson'>Singer Marian Anderson wasn't allowed to perform at Washington, D.C.'s Constitution Hall because of her skin color. The controversy led to a historic Easter Sunday recital in 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial before an audience of over 75,000 #BlackHistoryMonth 

Marian Anderson faced a crowd of more than 75,000 people. When she began to sing, a hush of reverent silence descended on the audience. Watch "Voice of Freedom" tonight at 9pm. @AmExperiencePBS  #MarianAndersonPBS 

Lady Gaga just sang the National Anthem at Biden's inauguration, following in the footsteps of Beyoncé and opera great Marian Anderson Follow our live updates here:

Archive photo of the day | Tokyo, September, 1957: Wearing a lei that was presented to her in Hawaii, singer Marian Anderson arrives in Tokyo to begin a three-month, State Department-sponsored tour. #photography 

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At Lincoln Memorial, Marian Anderson sings after being barred from performing at segregated Constitution Hall in Washington DC, 1939:

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“The president just used a bible, the most sacred text...& one of the churches of my diocese, w/out permission, for a message antithetical to teachings of Jesus & everything our churches stand for..I am outraged.” Bishop Marian Budde to Anderson Cooper

Barred from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial 80 years ago this year:

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Barred from performing at Constitution Hall in Washington DC, Marian Anderson sings at Lincoln Memorial 80 years ago:

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Outraged by Marian Anderson’s exclusion by the Daughters of the American Revolution from performing at Constitution Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt quit the organization and arranged for her to sing at Lincoln Memorial instead, 80 years ago:

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Today in 1939: Eleanor Roosevelt resigns from Daughters of the American Revolution over refusal to allow Marian Anderson sing in white-performers-only Constitution Hall

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Martin Luther King Jr, Eleanor Roosevelt and Marian Anderson will join Abraham Lincoln on the new $5 bill

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Presented President @BarackObama  a set of recordings from the tour of American singer Marian Anderson in 1957.

60 years ago today, opera singer Marian Anderson broke the color barrier @metopera 

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