Monday, August 23, 2010

Marian Anderson: "My Country 'Tis Of Thee" (1939)

Here's one for all the morons who plan on participating in Glenn Beck's "I Have a Nightmare" rally this weekend at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
"Of the other civil rights events at the Lincoln Memorial, perhaps none other has been as celebrated as the Easter Sunday 1939 concert by contralto Marian Anderson, who sang to 75,000 people gathered on the grounds. As an African American Anderson had previously been denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall, owned by the then all-white Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). As a result First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who resigned from the DAR because of the incident, worked in tandem with the Marian Anderson Citizens Committe, the NAACP, and other artistic and civil rights organizations to arrange and publicized the Lincoln Memorial concert."

WATCH the video on You Tube.

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