Monday, August 16, 2010

What Do You Mean We Can't Sing at the Lincoln Memorial?

Gary Fouse

On June 25, a group of visiting high school students began to sing the National Anthem on the steps at the Lincoln Memorial. Suddenly, a Park Ranger rushed over and told them they had to stop. It was not allowed. Proper decorum, they said. They had to be 25 feet away, said the authorities. The students went ahead and sang anyway.

Let's go back to Easter Sunday 1939. Marion Anderson had been denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall because she was African-American. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was outraged and arranged for Miss Anderson to sing in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

I invite the reader to supply his or her own concluding paragraph.

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