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Marian Anderson Howard S. Kaplan

Marian Anderson

Howard S. Kaplan

Published March 1st 2007
ISBN : 9780764938917
Hardcover
63 pages
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Marian Anderson sang opera and spirituals, performing for rapt audiences around the globe. After impressing European heads of state and composers with her ?once in a hundred years? voice, Anderson returned home to a segregated society. BarredMoreMarian Anderson sang opera and spirituals, performing for rapt audiences around the globe. After impressing European heads of state and composers with her ?once in a hundred years? voice, Anderson returned home to a segregated society. Barred (because of her skin color) from performing at Constitution Hall, Anderson performed a free concert at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday 1939. Broadcast nationwide via radio and drawing a live audience of 75,000, Andersons performance highlighted the gap between her nations stated intentions and its ?separate but equal? realities. That same year, Anderson was awarded the NAACPs Spingarn Medal, an honor since bestowed upon Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou, and Colin Powell. In 1941, Anderson won the Philadelphia Award and established the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund to aid emerging singers needing financial assistance. A civic champion as well as a world-class performer, Anderson always remembered that her girlhood congregation had collected contributions to provide vocal lessons for its beloved ?baby contralto.? Women Who Dare: Marian Anderson brings to light Andersons dramatic and selfless life with engaging text and rare photographs.