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She Sang for a Nation

Learn about Marian Anderson and her experience as a black woman denied a hall to perform.

Marian Anderson was a classical musician, contralto, American, and black woman who was denied a stage. Instead, she sang “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” also known as “America” at the Lincoln Memorial, changing the lyrics from “Of thee I sing” to “Of thee we sing.” As we consider institutionalized racism, this is an important example.

As You Listen...

  • What is the importance of singing “we” instead of “I”?
  • What is the significance of her singing in front of the Lincoln Memorial?

Learn more by checking out this NPR article and broadcast about Marian Anderson and her experience.

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Whatcom Arts Project

The BSO is a proud participant and a founding member of the new Whatcom Arts Project, a group of over 30 community arts nonprofits. The goal of the Whatcom Arts Project is to reach our community during this time of need to provide hope, entertainment, learning opportunities, and a sense of togetherness. Each week during the pandemic, the BSO posted learning activities and videos on our website and to social media as part of the Whatcom Arts Project.

To learn more about the Whatcom Arts Project and home friendly activities in our area, please visit: www.facebook.com/WhatcomArtsProject/ or https://www.bellingham.org/whatcom-arts-project/.