*Marian Anderson and the Desegregation of the American Concert Stage *
Wednesday, September 28 | 4 PM
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Knafel Center, 10 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

Hailed as one of the greatest singers of the 20th century, Marian Anderson
used her talent and celebrity to advance civil rights. Her 1939 concert at
the Lincoln Memorial defied a ban excluding African American performers
from Constitution Hall in Washington, DC, and her 1955 debut at the
Metropolitan Opera ended the Met’s exclusion of African American singers in
starring roles. This lecture—which includes audio and video of Anderson in
performance—repositions those landmarks as part of the little-discussed
history of institutional segregation in the classical music business.

Lecture by* Carol J. Oja, *2016–2017 Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the
Radcliffe Institute and the William Powell Mason Professor of Music at
Harvard University.

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*The event is free and open to the public. We encourage you to share this
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dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across the arts,
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