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I watched a PBS broadcast entitled “American Experience: Voice of Freedom” on Feb. 15, which was a biography of the late “Negro” contralto Marian Anderson (1897-1993) with commentators. Ms. Anderson suffered many Jim Crow* experiences during her career in the U.S.A. “To be or not to be; that is the question.” (from “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, 1564-1616; playwright, poet).  She did what other Black artists did to build and save their careers: She went to Europe. 

When Ms. Anderson returned to the U.S.A., Jim Crow laws were still in practice.  Ms. Anderson was not allowed to perform in places deemed only for whites.  And so she was not allowed (prohibited) to(from) singing at(in) Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR)**

Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of 32nd U.S.A. president Franklin D. Roosevelt and a United Nations diplomat, publicly resigned from the DAR in protest of its treatment of Ms. Anderson. “To be or not to be; that is the question.”   

With the efforts of the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People), Ms. Anderson performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., on Easter Sunday,1939.

In 1943, Ms. Anderson married architect Orpheus Hodge Fisher (1900-1986). Mr. Fisher appeared to be white but was classified as “colored” because “a drop of black blood” (“American Experience: Voice of Freedom” PBS) was noted/speculated in his genetic pool/parentage. “To be or not to be; that is the question.”

 As noted, this is Black History Month. 

According to a story by Newser (on-line news source) Reporter Luke Roney on Feb. 3, 2021:

“…in Florida, the Frostproof City Council on Monday declared the first week of February to be “Donald J. Trump Week…”   

So, why February?

 Was there an assumption/proof that Donald Trump has Black blood in his gene pool? 

“To be or not to be; that is the question.” 

  * Jim Crow laws are laws that separate Black and White Americans.  Jim Crow were state and local statutes that legalized racial segregation.

** DAR is “…a lineage-based…organization for women who are directly descended from a person involved in the United States’ efforts towards independence.” (Wikipedia)

Peggy Tarr

Peggy Tarr has been a columnist for the Evanston RoundTable since its founding in 1998. Born in Bruce Springsteen's hometown of Freehold, New Jersey, she graduated from Rutgers University with a degree...