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Ossie Davis on seeing Marian Anderson sing at the Lincoln Memorial

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

The Interviews: An Oral History of Television

Actor Ossie Davis describes seeing Marian Anderson sing at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 and what it meant to him:

"Her music could translate the negative aspects of being a black boy from the South…Marian Anderson was the first one who made me realize that, through art and music, she could reach inside me and just lift me from all that negativity and make me something else."

Watch Ossie Davis’ full Archive of American Television interview where he talks about his career from his early days in theater to his film and television work and collaborating with his wife, Ruby Dee.

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