|1940 Portrait of Marian Anderson by Carl Van Vechten|
In commemoration of Anderson's birthday on this day in 1897, here is a documentary, Portrait of Marian Anderson, produced for the Greater Washington Telecommunications Association and first aired on public television on May 8, 1991. I normally don't post lengthy audiovisuals but this one affords viewers a flexible opportunity to learn about her life, listen to her singing, and hear her personal observations on an extraordinary life that included seven decades on the stage.
Title quote is attributed to the noted conductor, Arturo Toscanini
Anderson portrait, Carl Van Vechten Collection, Library of Congress