African-American involvement in the DAR is increasing

Check out this New York Times article on the growth of black membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution.  The new chapter in Queens is the first one started by an African-American woman.

We’ve come a long way since 1939, when the DAR refused to let contralto Marian Anderson perform at Constitution Hall.  That refusal famously prompted Eleanor Roosevelt to resign her membership and led to a public concert at the Lincoln Memorial.  (The DAR invited Anderson to perform a benefit concert at Constitution Hall in 1942.)

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