Monday, January 17, 2011
Martin Luther King Day
I'm grateful to have this day to honor Dr. King, to consider how far we've come and how far we've yet to go. Also good to remember the great contralto Marian Anderson. She sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939, at the behest of Eleanor Roosevelt. Anderson had been denied the use of Washington's Constitution Hall because of her race. This after being acclaimed as an artist world wide for years. The story is told in "Marian Anderson: The Sound of Freedom" by Raymond Arsenault. Recommended.