Delaney celebrates the famous opera singer Marian Anderson as a modern icon of Black excellence and civil rights.
Beauford Delaney, Marian Anderson, 1965, oil on canvas, 160.02 x 130.81 cm (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond). Speakers: Dr. Shawnya L. Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker
More about Beauford Delaney from MoMA
Patricia Sue Canterbury, Beauford Delaney: From New York to Paris (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 2005).
Stephen C. Wicks, Beauford Delaney and James Baldwin: Through the Unusual Door (Knoxville: The Knoxville Museum of Art, 2020).
The Marian Anderson Papers collection at the University of Pennsylvania
Listen to Marian Anderson’s full performance at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939
Marian Anderson resources at the Smithsonian
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