I must admit that I am really enjoying this challenge very much. All thanks to Fofofl’or of Hush Speak Softly for the nomination. Continuing with the theme inspirational women, today’s quotes were once said by Marian Anderson.
Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993)was an American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Music critic Alan Blyth said: “Her voice was a rich, vibrant contralto of intrinsic beauty.”Most of her singing career was spent performing in concert and recital in major music venues and with famous orchestras throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965.
Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall. The incident placed Anderson into the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. She sang before a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. Anderson continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955. Her performance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi‘s Un ballo in maschera at the Met was the only time she sang an opera role on stage.
Anderson worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a “goodwill ambassadress” for the United States Department of State, giving concerts all over the world. She participated in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Anderson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963, the Kennedy Center Honors in 1978, the National Medal of Arts in 1986, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1991.
*Information found on Wikipedia
The challenge rules are very simple:
Today’s nominees play an inspirational role in my life and I value them very much.
Miriam of Out an’ About – A fantastic travel blogger and friend. Her blog has me flip flopping between going camping (which I’ve never felt the need to do in my life) and booking a flight to Australia. Feel free to have a look at her blog here.
Jenn of A Mother of All Trades – A wonderful mom, step mom and I’m convinced she can rock any hair colour – Check out her blog here.
Rachel of My Mother Told Me – Another great mom that I can relate with on so many levels. Our children are the same age and her blog is filled with little gems that get me through the day. Read more about her here.
This challenge is not compulsory, but I would appreciate it if you ladies would participate in this challenge with me, because these quotes may make an impact on the life of someone who really needs to read it.
I hope you enjoyed these quotes. What is your favourite quote? Let me know by commenting in the box below. I’d love to hear from you!
Love and Blessings,