The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights by Russell Freedman
Marian Anderson, whose deep, resonant voice, moved people to tears, became a symbol of the struggle for civil rights. The refusal by the Daughters of the American Revolution to allow Anderson to sing in Constitution Hall in 1939 ignited a controversy that opened peoples' minds to the meaning of freedom. It also unexpectedly created a new musical opportunity in the huge outdoor concert held at the Lincoln Memorial as an alternative. Russell Freedman does a wonderful job in The Voice That Challenged a Nation depicting Anderson's early life growing up in Philadelphia and her concert tours through Europe. Photos from archives enrich the telling.
Look for Freedman's other biographies of famous people in our catalog.