More thank2,000 people gathered Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial for a concert honoring the 70th anniversary of Marian Anderson's historic performance there in 1939. In 1939 renowned singer Marion Anderson was not given the opportunity (despite her singing for the President) to perform at the Constitutional Hall or even the local high schools. She decided to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. There were more thatn 75, 000 people in attendance (blacks an whites).
Easter Sunday Denyce Graves (African American Opera Singer) performed 3 of Ms Anderson's songs. America, O'Mio Fernando and Ave Maria.
"It is the honor of my life and my career to be celebrating this day of freedom with you," she told the audience.
This was a major lesson in tolerance that the United States learned.
Source: BlackAmerica Web