TEACHERS: Want the podcast?

Learn More
121327138 b66c92f0fe z

Image licensed under CC BY 2.0

ELA Middle School Medium ELL

Marian Anderson and Segregation in Washington DC

In 1939 Marian Anderson an African-American opera singer was prevented from singing to an integrated audience at Constitution Hall. At the time, Washington DC was a segregated city but didn't have the "Whites Only " signs familiar in the South. Anderson instead performed an outdoor concert on the Lincoln Memorial. This public radio story describes the controversy over a recent children’s book about Anderson’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial that showed “Colored Only” signs in place in public places. You'll hear from people living in the capital at the time talk about the de facto racial segregation that did exist in the city was exposed when Marian Anderson was not allowed to sing in Constitution Hall.

US History II Race Civil RIghts Arts Culture

Story Length: 5:40

Listen to the Story:


Rebecca Sheir, distributed by PRX

Want to hear the story and see the teaching resources?

  • Access to full library of lessons
  • Daily current events
  • Listening comprehension questions
  • Graphic Organizers
Learn More


Related Lessons