In 1939, talented singer Marian Anderson was denied the spotlight at the D.A.R.'s Constitution Hall on account of her race. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt quickly saw to it that she had another venue--the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. On Easter Sunday, a crowd of 75,000 listened to her in person, and her music was carried on the radio and heard by many more. After the concert, Marian Anderson went on to break more racial barriers in the entertainment industry and became a voice of the Civil Rights Movement.
On Thursday, February 11, 2010, at Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington, Professor Raymond Arsenault, author of The Sound of Freedom, will give a lecture on Marian Anderson's life and legacy. This free talk begins at 7:30 and is open to the public. It is part of the University's Great Lives lecture series.
To learn more about Marian Anderson's life, check out these resources from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library.