08 April 2011

5 On Friday - Sing Out For Freedom

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There was something musical happening on April 8 but it was the sad death of Kurt Cobain and since a singer created a remarkable event that changed America happened on April 9, 1939, I'm cheating a bit. If this sounds a bit like an echo of just one week ago, you're right. History is funny that way.  To be even weirder, another great black singer was born on April 9,1898. So for this week's 5 On Friday, you get both of them.

Marian Anderson, whose performance at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939, made a compelling case for the transformative power of music, and in a place typically associated with the power of words sang from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused her access to their concert facilities.

Paul Leroy Robeson[1] (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American concert singer (bass-baritone), recording artist, athlete and actor who became noted for his political radicalism and activism in the civil rights movement.


Mike Golch said...

I enjoyed listening to this great set,Thank you for sharing it.

Travis Cody said...

Yup...the transformative power of music. Maybe someone should have reminded the Daughters of the American Revolution that it was an African American, Crispus Attucks, who was the first person shot by the British during the Boston Massacre.

Julia Phillips Smith said...

LOVED this set, Jamie. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child - a five-hankey song for sure. And I really enjoyed seeing that footage of Marian Anderson, and the crowd.