Marian Anderson - He's Got the Whole World in His Hands
In honor of Black History Month, I salute Marian Anderson, a woman of enormous talent and courage. Hopefully most people have heard the story of how the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) - another kind of right-wing group - refused to let her sing to an integrated audience in 1939. Ironically, the event was held at Constituion Hall. Their stupidity and racism pushed Anderson into the international spotlight.
President and Mrs. Roosevelt arranged to have her perform on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before a crowd of 75,000 people. Anderson, with her amazingly rich contralto voice, would go on to break barriers for black artists in the United States. She became the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in 1955.