Lift Every Voice: Marian Anderson, Florence B. Price And The Sound Of Black Sisterhood

Alexa Fortune-Jones

This article talks about how black women used their musical talents to break down social barriers and bring about justice. Marian Anderson was an activist for liberation of black women in the United Sates known for bringing her follow African American women singers up with her. Her performances were her protest towards oppression, the stage she was given to sing on could be used for more than just entertainment and it was.  This article talks about the efforts of Marian Anderson throughout her career to change the views of black women in the music industry and to use her notoriety to lift other black women musicians. She helped several composers by singing their music, promoting them so they could take a step in the door too. Not only did she have an impact on other musicians, but she empowered black women across the nation. When singing at the Lincoln Memorial on Resurrection Sunday, Anderson closed with “My Soul is Anchored in the Lord’ a Florence B. Price’s work. Ms. Anderson is mostly known for this infamous moment at the Lincoln memorial, but she was a powerful black woman fighting for justice. I can see how the injustices from Anderson’s time are still being struggled with today.

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