It was 80 years ago that acclaimed contralto Marian Anderson took the resolute stage before 75,000 people on the National Mall, overseen by Abraham Lincoln, in an open-air concert now deemed a seminal moment in the civil rights movement. Banned from Constitution Hall by the DAR because she was black, she was introduced by Interior Secretary Harold Ickes, who told the rare-for-the-times multiracial crowd, "In this great auditorium under the sky, all of us are free...Genius draws no color lines."
Wow, I’d heard of her—but I had never heard her. Wow, again. I always liked that song better than the, " Rockets Red Glare and the bombs bursting, in air," song. I like this one better, “My country tis of thee , sweet land of Liberty, of thee I sing.”
Of course I’m not sure about the “pilgrims pride, " part because this people could be pretty vicious—but besides that, it’s a better song.—especially with, " let freedom ring.”
Maybe if we celebrated LIBERTY and left the Rockets red glare---- out, we’d have a better nation and a better anthem. : )