“When I sing, I don't want them to see that my face is black. I don't want them to see that my face is white. I want them to see my soul. And that is colorless,” Marian Anderson She was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1986 Photos: Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial in '39
"While Coltrane and Professor Griff and Marian Anderson and N.W.A and Sojourner Truth and George Schuyler and Angela Davis and Michael Jackson and Bigger Thomas and Clarence Thomas are all African American, they may not all be 'black.' ” — Joe Wood, 1991
So many Americans were shocked by the photo of unidentified officers in riot gear lining the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where civil rights heroes like Martin Luther King Jr & Marian Anderson have stood. What kind of message does this send? (photo posted by @MarthaRaddatz )
Leontyne Price on hearing Marian Anderson sing when Price was a child in Mississippi: "I knew instinctively when this regal lady artist came out of the wings I wanted some day to walk like that, to stand like that & hopefully maybe even sound somewhere near that."
“As long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you otherwise might,” Marian Anderson Anderson was a 1986 National Medal of Arts Recipient Photos: Anderson in her 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial
“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
No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise. Marian Anderson
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: