Event

Let Freedom Ring: The Story of Marian Anderson


with Carolivia Herron

Sunday, September 17, 2017 — 11:00am
CJCS/Oakland Mills HS, 9410 Kilimanjaro Road, Columbia

The operetta Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson, retells the life of Marian Anderson through the eyes of two African American teenagers. This opera has a backstory of high interest to Jewish audiences. Miss Anderson was discovered by a Jewish musician, Joe Bogash, who had to use a false name, Guiseppe Boghetti, in order to receive musical training at La Scala in Italy, since they would not admit Jews. Marian Anderson's grandfather was an African American Jew, and she herself stayed in the homes of Jewish Europeans while touring. Some hosts had been in Concentration Camps and were comforted by recalling Miss Anderson's singing. In fact, there is a persistent and powerful Jewish parallel story to Marian Anderson's overt story. Carolivia Herron's shares this story. Miss Anderson gave her concert at the Lincoln Memorial instead of at Constitution Hall because as a black woman, she was not allowed to perform there. The Jewish parallel story makes the concert even more powerful. 

Carolivia Herron is an author and educator living in Washington, DC, best known for her children's book, Nappy Hair, which caused a nationwide crisis in multicultural education in 1991. She currently teaches Classics at Howard University and has also held professorial positions at Harvard University, Mt. Holyoke College, and California State University, Chico. Her other publications include the libretto for the opera Let Freedom Sing: The Story of Marian Anderson (composer, Bruce Adolphe), Always An Olivia (a retelling of her Sephardic Jewish heritage) and the novel, Thereafter Johnnie. 

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Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 11:00
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