Title created by ACMA staff based on transcription from physical asset and name of related exhibition.
To Achieve These Rights Exhibition Display 3 is related to an exhibition which showcased 187 years of civil rights activism in Washington, D.C. by examining the African American journey toward racial equality in the nation's capital--from slavery and emancipation to voting rights, desegregation, and home rule. The exhibition was created by the Anacostia Museum and exhibited there from January 1992 to November 1992.
Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 - April 8, 1993) is a celebrated African-American contralto singer and important figure in the plight of African American artists during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused to let her sing to an integrated audience of Constitution Hall. The incident caused an uproar, with the NAACP and other prominent organizations taking up the cause. As a result, Eleanor Roosevelt and many other women cut ties with the DAR and supported her cause. President Roosevelt along with then NAACP leader Walter White worked to give Anderson the opportunity to perform. On Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, Marian Anderson sung a concert at the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of over 75,000 people as well as millions over the national radio.
Clips of Marian Anderson's outdoor concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1939. Howard L. Ickes introduced Marian Anderson's performance. Narration between clips of radio broadcast provides context for historical event, including its significance in sparking D.C.'s modern civil rights movements.
Narration and radio broadcast clips for one of four displays used in exhibition: To Achieve These Rights: The Struggle for Equality and Self-Determination in the District of Columbia, 1791-1978. Part of To Achieve These Rights: The Struggle for Equality and Self-Determination in the District of Columbia, 1791-1978 Audiovisual Records. Dated 19920101.
To Achieve These Rights Exhibition Display 3, Exhibition Records AV03-033, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution