BET's Centric Network to Air Marian Anderson Doc

WI Web Staff | 6/5/2014, 12:25 p.m.
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BET's Centric network will air a documentary celebrating the life and career of legendary contralto Marian Anderson, the first black singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

"Of Thee We Sing: The Marian Anderson Story" is based on the Washington Performing Arts' 75th Anniversary Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall on April 12.

The documentary will air Sunday, June 15 at 7 p.m. EST.

Anderson, a key figure in African-American history, sparked a cultural firestorm in 1939 by singing at the Lincoln Memorial for 75,000 people after having been denied the right to perform at Constitution Hall because of her race.