Spending this gorgeous Spring Sunday at the Botanical Gardens. #YeahThatSpring #YeahThatGreenville 🌷💠🐝📷 (at South Carolina State Botanical Gardens)
Eleanor Roosevelt Resigns from the DAR — Today in History
In February 1939, Howard University invited Marian Anderson, the internationally famous African American contralto singer, to give a concert. They asked the Washington headquartered Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) if they could use their auditorium, Constitution Hall.
The DAR refused, explaining that local conditions and custom did not favor such a move. In protest, DAR member and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization.
A Gallup poll taken at the time showed that 67% of the public approved of her action.
Moving quickly to capitalize on this public support, Anderson’s manager Sol Hurok proposed that Anderson give an open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Harold Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior promptly approved the idea and on April 9th a crowd of 75,000 people assembled before the Lincoln Memorial to hear Ms. Anderson sing.
Above is a copy of Mrs. Roosevelt’s DAR resignation letter, 2/26/39. Read More
-from the FDR Library
Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller on the set of The Misfits, 1960.
Currently watching. It’s one of my Bette Davis favorites, with Mary Astor, George Brent and Hattie McDaniel. Love when she sings “Slumber My Darling!”
My cousin’s baby just had a baby. Welcome to the world sweet Rivers. I can’t wait to meet you, precious little one! #GodIsSoGood