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Marian Anderson – Entertainer

Marian Anderson had a voice that brought together a nation.  Denied by the Daughters of the American Revolution the opportunity to sing in Constitution Hall due to their “concert by white artists only” clause, Marian was encouraged by First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the NAACP to give a free open-air concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  On that Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, the contralto performed before 75,000 people and millions of radio listeners.  In 1943, the Daughters of the American Revolution asked her to perform in Constitution Hall.

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