The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) denied her the opportunity to perform in their venue, Constitution Hall, because she was black. The decision didn't sit well with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt who was a member of the national board of directors of the DAR. Mrs.Roosevelt intervened and helped arrange one of the iconic events of our time.
|Portrait of Marian Anderson Carl Van Vechton, 1940|
For more information on the life and times of Marian Anderson readers will enjoy this excellent production for the Greater Washington Telecommunications Association first aired on public television on May 8, 1991.
Photos and Illustrations:
1939 concert, public domain photo by U.S. Information Agency, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
Anderson portrait, Carl Van Vechten Collection, Library of Congress
Anderson quote, azquotes.com