Marian Anderson’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial

    This month marks the 70th anniversary of African-American contralto Marian Anderson’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial. After the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson to perform at Constitution Hall, Eleanor Roosevelt revoked her membership and arranged for a concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 75,000 people packed the National Mall for one of the most memorable concerts in American history. Civil Rights historian, RAYMOND ARSENAULT retells this story in his new book, “The Sound of Freedom: Marian Anderson, The Lincoln Memorial and The Concert That Awakened America.” Listen to the mp3

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