Denied the opportunity to sing at Constitution Hall because of her race, Marian Anderson sang instead at the nearby Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday in 1939. In front of a crowd of more than 75,000, Marian’s beautiful contralto voice filled the air—and gained her the level of recognition in the United States that she had already attained in Europe.
Join Day of Discovery as we take a closer look at the life of Marian Anderson and examine how she was able to overcome the racial barriers of her time. Hear the music that moved audiences everywhere, and be inspired by interviews with family members and friends who discuss the impact of her remarkable life of artistry and faith. Marian Anderson provides an example for all who desire to move beyond life’s obstacles and live each day with dignity and grace.
". . . I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow." - Marian Anderson
Closed Captioning for the hearing impaired.
Approximate running time: 60 minutes
Broadcast Dates: July 18 and 25, 2010
- View Now:
- Marian Anderson: A Song of Dignity & Grace, Part I
- Marian Anderson: A Song of Dignity & Grace, Part II