Thursday, April 9, 2015

Marian Anderson footage from the Lincoln Memorial

I came across this historical footage recently, of Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial. It's from April 9, 1939.


By 1939, she had already enjoyed much professional success as a singer (of arias and other classical pieces, also spirituals), but in DC she wasn't permitted to give a performance at Constitution Hall, because she was black. So she sang at the Lincoln Memorial. (Here's more background about Anderson and the performance.) The footage here is just a small excerpt from the program.

5 comments:

Brian Joseph said...

The performance was very impressive.

It is interesting how the introductory speaker made the comments about race.

The Bookworm said...

Very nice performance by her.

HKatz said...

I'm glad you both enjoyed this. I wish there were more than just this fragment. I wonder what her voice sounded like indoors as well, in a concert hall.

Relyn Lawson said...

There is a beautiful children's book called, When Marion Sang, that tells the story of this day. It is amazing.

HKatz said...

I'll look into that book, thanks Relyn :)