Marian Anderson Performs At The Lincoln Memorial

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April 9, 1939 – On an Easter Sunday, more than 75,000 people come to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to hear famed African-American contralto Marian Anderson give a free open-air concert. She had been scheduled to sing at Washington’s Constitution Hall, but the Daughters of the American Revolution, a political organization that helped manage the concert hall, denied her the right to perform because of her race. Instead, and at the urging of Eleanor Roosevelt who had resigned the DAR in protest of their decision, Marian performed at the Lincoln Memorial.

Watch Marian Anderson’s Performance

Brandi Carlile – “The Eye”

“You can dance in a hurricane, but only if you’re standing in the eye.”

Something fine on a Sunday afternoon. The only time I saw Brandi live was at the Ryman in Nashville, TN. She was just getting her start in the music business and was the intro act for Train. It was on Saturday, April 8, 2006. On the way from Richmond, KY with my good friend, Margaret Baxter, we encountered a tornado near Gallatin, TN, and spent several minutes along the side of the road while hail pummeled my car. A tragic and devastating day for Gallatin. But we made it to the concert and Brandi was amazing. “The Eye” is appropriate for these memories.