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Nadine Cohodas

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807872437

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas

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. This Ain't No Geraldine Up Here ~ 1972 ~

. This Ain't No Geraldine Up Here ~ 1972 ~

(p.265) 21. This Ain't No Geraldine Up Here ~ 1972 ~
Princess Noire

Nadine Cohodas

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses Nina's first performance in Washington, D.C. in several years; the city's Constitution Hall was nearly filled to its 3,800-seat capacity. It was not lost on Nina that three decades earlier the Daughters of the American Revolution, who ran the hall, had barred Marian Anderson, the heroic contralto, from singing there because she was black. It was equally well known, like spring following winter, that First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt had stepped in to ensure that not only could Anderson sing in Washington, but she could have her concert at the city's prized outdoor venue, the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Nina's departure from her usual opening number on this Saturday night in 1972 was especially noteworthy.

Keywords:   Nina, Washington, Constitution Hall, American Revolution, Marian Anderson, heroic contralto, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lincoln Memorial

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