The voice that challenged a nation : Marian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights
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|aThe voice that challenged a nation |bMarian Anderson and the struggle for equal rights |cby Russell Freedman.
|aNew York, NY |bHoughton Mifflin Harcourt|cc2004.
|a114 p. |bill. |c26 cm.
|aOriginally published in hardcover by Clarion Books in 2004.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 101-103), discography (p. 105-106), and index.
|aPresents the life of the influential opera singer and civil rights activist, who became the 1st African American to sing a role with the New York Metropolitan Opera Company and who later served as a delegate to the United Nations.
Newbery Honor Book * Sibert Medal WinnerCarefully researched and expertly told, this Newbery Honor and Sibert Medal-winning book is a moving account of the life of a talented and determined artist who left her mark on musical and social history. Through her story, Newbery Medal-winning author Russell Freedman illuminates the social and political climate of the day and an important chapter in American history. Notes, bibliography, discography, index.A voice like yours, celebrated conductor Arturo Toscanini told contralto Marian Anderson, is heard once in a hundred years.This insightful account of the great African American vocalist considers her life and musical career in the context of the history of civil rights in this country. Drawing on Anderson’s own writings and other contemporary accounts, Russell Freedman shows readers a singer pursuing her art despite the social constraints that limited the careers of black performers in the 1920s and 1930s.Though not a crusader or a spokesperson by nature, Marian Anderson came to stand for all black artists--and for all Americans of color--when, with the help of such prominent figures as Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave her landmark 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, which signaled the end of segregation in the arts.