On Easter Sunday 70 years ago, opera singer Marian Anderson famously performed to a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial, having been barred because of her color from singing at Constitution Hall. It was an iconic moment in the civil rights struggle.
This past Sunday, Denyce Graves, a Washington native and one of the world's most celebrated mezzo-sopranos, sang portions of Anderson's 1939 program in a tribute to the great African American contralto, also at the Lincoln Memorial.
The event was conducted at the memorial under a special use permit.
For the Washington Post story and slide show on the event, click on the link below.