Film Screening: Marian Anderson: A Song of Dignity and Grace
This film screening is part of the 2018-2019 Film Series with American Jazz Museum, Greater KC Black History Study Group, the National Archives at Kansas City, Kansas City PBS, and Park University. This screening is free, however we request that you reserve your place.
On Easter Sunday in 1939, before an audience of 75,000, a slender African-American woman stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and opened her mouth in song. In that moment, Marian Anderson did more than captivate her listeners. With the dignity and grace that were her hallmark, the renowned contralto made a gentle but powerful statement against racial injustice that lifted her beyond critical acclaim to international influence. Marian Anderson: A Song of Dignity and Grace tells how one woman with a beautiful voice used her tremendous gift to oppose racism and spread hope across the world. This story takes viewers from the stage of the Metropolitan Opera to the banks of the Jordan River, and through the Great Depression, World War II, and the Civil Rights Era.