Thursday, March 19, 2015

Portrait of Marian Anderson

From Smithsonian:
Seventy-six years ago, the Daughters of the American Revolution barred Marian Anderson from singing at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. Outraged, Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR and invited Anderson to perform on Easter Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial. Singing “My Country Tis of Thee” before of a crowd of more than 75,000, Anderson's performance marked a turning point in the historic battle for Civil Rights.
Today Anderson’s legacy, continues through the Black Heritage postage stamps, the longest running commemorative series in U.S. history and featuring more than three dozen well-known African Americans dating from Harriet Tubman in 1978 to the recent 2015 stamp, depicting Robert Robertson Taylor, the country's first academically trained African American architect.

Known to be one of the most beautiful stamps in the series, the portrait of Marian Anderson was painted by Canadian artist Albert Slark, who has also created stamp portraits of Spencer Tracy, Betty Davis and Paul Robeson. His award-winning portrait of Anderson was exhibited at the Society of Illustrators 48th Annual Exhibition in New York City. (Read more.)

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