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Marian Anderson and the DAR

The Daughters of the American Revolution proudly practices a non-discrimination policy and encourages and celebrates diversity in our organization. However, in 1939, opera singer Marian Anderson was denied the opportunity to perform in DAR Constitution Hall because of her race. She subsequently performed an historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to a crowd of 75,000 people. Afterwards, the DAR recognized the need for change and Marian Anderson sang at Constitution Hall on a number of occasions. Learn more about the relationship between Marian Anderson and the DAR, and our organization’s on-going efforts to honor her memory through information found in this section including a statement, performance history, resources and photos from commemorative events.