Marian Anderson: My Lord, What a Morning

(1956)

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Context

On Easter Sunday (April 9) 1939, seventy-five thousand Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington to hear the sound of freedom. Young and old, black and white, they braved the elements on an unseasonably cold April afternoon to listen to the soulful voice of Marian Anderson, a forty-three-year-old African American from Philadelphia who had been denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall because she was black.

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