Monday, May 19, 2008

two in one day

another gift. First heard on the American Experience on PBS.

Marian Anderson was not allowed to sing in a segregated concert hall in the 1930's, so Eleanor Roosevelt arranged for her to perform on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

1 comment:

Jason said...

The Roosevelts were REVILED for many of the things they did while in the White House...and while FDR did alot of great things it was ER who was light years ahead of her husband when it came to the rights of so called "second class citizens"
Lets not forget that she came to Tuskegee and flew with a black pilot and then went home and encourged (told) FDR to form a special section of the Army Air Corps to allow black men to fly planes...In many ways I would not be here today had that event not happened...Its a long story but oh so good...Maybe I should write a blog about it !!