#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.
#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
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:
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
“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
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: