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“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, Bigger Thomas and Clarence Thomas are all African American, they may not all be “black.” — Joe Wood, 1991

"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

Denied a stage at D.C.'s Constitution Hall due to a white-artist-only clause, on Easter Sunday 1939, Marian Anderson gave a 25-minute concert on a stage built over the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd that stretched to the Washington Monument.

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  )

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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."

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“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

An American Pageant of the Arts from 1962 with John F Kennedy and Dwight D Eisenhower, along with Robert Frost, Leonard Bernstein, Marian Anderson, Harry Belafonte, Danny Kaye and seven-year-old Yo-Yo Ma:

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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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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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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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