In 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt's resignation from the Daughters of the American Revolution due to their refusal to allow opera contralto Marian Anderson sing in their hall, was viewed by black Americans as a singular and significant act of solidarity.
More significant than her resignation was Mrs. Roosevelt's arrangement for Marian Anderson to give her concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday morning..
On those steps Anderson's first offering spoke to the longings for brotherhood, peace and an end to the shameful oppression of the sons of former slaves by the sons of former slave owners. It was a dream of American justice and unity and the desire to realize those ideals before the entire world.
Seventy years later, the ideals of that song are being realized in a way that amazes the world, and makes all of America proud...