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March on Washington Film Festival: The Me I Want to Sing

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In partnership with the March on Washington Film Festival, the multi-media performance, The Me I Want to Sing celebrates the 80th anniversary of Marian Anderson’s historic performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.

Accompanied by Roderick Demmings Jr., the singers Laree Simon as Marian Anderson, and Christine Lyons as Leontyne Price will blend the opera styles of both women to spoken word. Directed and written by playwright Tom Minter, with the support of the March on Washington Film Festival, the program will feature an introduction by RaMell Ross, a visual artist, documentary filmmaker and Academy Award nominee.

The performance will touch on racism in America, while underscoring the barriers these two women faced in their careers as African American classical singers. This program is part of the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative ‘Because of Her Story,’ and the Smithsonian’s Year of Music.

Dr. Leslie Ureña, Associate Curator of Photographs, will lead tours of the exhibition One Life: Marian Anderson at 1:00pm and 1:30pm ahead of the program. For tours, please meet by the Visitor's Service desk in the G Street lobby. Tours are limited to the first 25 people due to space (first come/first served).

The performance begins at 2:00pm in McEvoy Auditorium.

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Image Credit: Marian Anderson by Betsy Graves Reyneau, Oil on canvas, 60 ¼ x 38 3/8 x 1 in., National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the Harmon Foundation; Leontyne Price by Bradley Phillips, Oil on canvas, 50 ¼ x 36 ¼ x 1 ½ in., National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Ms. Sayre Sheldon

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