Courage, beauty, strength, talent and unwavering faith describe Marian Anderson. Today, for MLK Jr. Day, we read When Marian Sang by Pam Ryan. This book was the perfect bridge between our current studies on the Civil War and our discussion of what this national holiday is all about.
Marian gracefully moved forward in a country that didn’t treat her with the respect that she was due, but with racial prejudice. Her actions took place in a pre-Civil Rights America. So we discussed the ways she was discriminated against. But what really got us, Mom and littles alike, was actually watching her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Cheney (age 6) thought she was beautiful. It’s easy to see why she was one of the greatest singers in the world.
Then to top it off, we went right into Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech which was delivered in 1963 at the very same spot. I think it made an impression.