The Gettysburg Times headline glowed, “10,000 are thrilled and emotionally moved during program in hallowed area.” The front page heralded the Nov. 19, 1963, Dedication Day ceremonies for the 100th anniversary of President Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address. The program featured Washington Rhodes, a black newspaper publisher, Pennsylvania Gov. William Scranton, President Dwight D. Eisenhower and one of the most celebrated singers in the nation, contralto Marian Anderson.

Anderson had sung at the inaugurations of Eisenhower in 1957 and President Kennedy in 1961. But it was her concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. that lives in history.

Susan Star Paddock is the secretary of The Lincoln Fellowship. See lincolnfellowship.org.

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