Event to commemorate '39 concert by Marian Anderson that broke the color line

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The public is invited to an open house celebration titled “The Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Marian Anderson’s Historic 1939 Lincoln Memorial Concert” from 2 to 5 p.m. April 9 in Penn State's Charles Blockson Collection Room, Floor 3, Pattee Library, west.

Marian Anderson was an internationally renowned concert contralto when the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused her the use of their Constitution Hall for a concert because she was African-American. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt with Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes immediately set in motion a plan for an outdoor concert at Lincoln Memorial. Held Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, it was attended by 75,000 people and broadcast on radio and film. The concert became the historic turning point in the movement to end Jim Crow segregation.

The open house will feature exhibited items from Anderson’s career and the showing of the National Geographic documentary of the event, including several of her songs.

For more information or if you anticipate needing accessibility accommodations or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Doris Malkmus at djm51@psu.edu or 814-863-4338814-863-4338.

Last Updated March 28, 2014