As part of the 2016–2017 Fellows’ Presentation Series at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Carol J. Oja ’17 presents “Marian Anderson and the Desegregation of the American Concert Stage.”
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. In this lecture—which includes audio and video of Anderson in performance—Oja repositions those landmarks as part of the little-discussed history of institutional segregation in the classical music business.
(10:06) Carol J. Oja, the William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard and the 2016–2017 Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute
Introduction by Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in the Department of History, Harvard University
This lecture was part of HUBweek 2016.