Marian Anderson: My Lord, What a Morning

(1956)

Explanation and Analysis of the Document

Although it is titled “Easter Sunday,” Anderson’s account actually provides relatively few details about the 1939 Lincoln Memorial Concert or the series of events that led up to it. She remarks that upon finding out that she had been denied access to Constitution Hall, “I was saddened, but as it is my belief that right will win I assumed that a way would be found.” Indeed, Anderson appears almost entirely disengaged from the planning of the event, leaving the arrangements to her manager, Sal Hurok, and his staff. She mentions Eleanor Roosevelt’s resignation from the DAR only briefly. Although it was a pivotal event in Washington and a large-scale scandal for the DAR, Anderson refers to it as a fleeting headline that caught her attention in passing a newstand.

Rather, in the lead-up to her arrival in Washington, Anderson’s energy was focused on the sudden illness of her accompanist Kosti Vehanen. “Here was a crisis of immediate concern...

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Marian Anderson (Library of Congress)

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