Marian Anderson: My Lord, What a Morning

(1956)

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Impact

Although it lasted for only a half-hour, the 1939 Lincoln Memorial concert had profound and lasting consequences, for Marian Anderson and for the nation. First, on a personal level it established Anderson as a civil rights icon, uniquely identified with the Lincoln Memorial, the Lincoln legacy, and the ongoing struggle for black rights and racial equality. For the remainder of her life, an eventful fifty-four years punctuated with civil rights milestones and public service, she...