On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial
On Easter Sunday 1939, African American contralto Marian Anderson sang from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC, before a crowd of 75,000 people. Earlier, Anderson had been denied the right to perform nearby at Constitution Hall by its owners, the Daughters of the American Revolution. As a result, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization and worked with civil rights groups and the Department of the Interior to arrange this concert.
National Archives, Records of the U.S. Information Agency