A look back at singer Marian Anderson's Lincoln Memorial legacy

Thursday, April 09, 2009

70 years ago African-American opera singer Marian Anderson sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred her from performing at Constitution Hall. The concert packed the National Mall and Ms. Anderson became an overnight civil rights icon. For a look at what her legacy means in the 21st century The Takeaway turns to Patrik Henry Bass. He is the Senior Editor of Essence magazine and the author of Like A Mighty Stream: The March on Washington, August 28, 1963.

Through the magic of YouTube you can watch a portion of the concert:

Hosted by:

Katherine Lanpher and Femi Oke


Patrik Henry Bass

Comments [2]

Frank L. Jameson, Jnr., Ph.D.

And STILL BEAUTIFUL, as is her singing! How far we've come thanks to brave and wonderful people!

May. 22 2009 10:02 PM

Dear Takeaway folks,

First off, I love your show & I'm thrilled that you covered the anniversary of Marian Anderson's historic concert.

But I was shocked and saddened that your reporter didn't already know about Miss Anderson (by his own admission).

Where to begin?

My first thought is that public radio (not just your show) has dropped classical music from its radar. Isn't there a classical music critic or fan on your staff or available to you?

But more broadly, how could the editor of Essence not know about Miss Anderson? or, really, how could any cultural citizen of America not know?

I am not black, but I cannot remember a time when I didn't know about this concert, which my FDR-era mother told us about with great passion.

Finally, a detail - I know you like to keep the show moving, but couldn't you have let the last song go to the end of a phrase? I thought the cut into your theme music was a little jarring.

Apr. 09 2009 09:46 AM

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