Once in A Hundred Years

This documentary traces the arc of Marian Anderson’s life and her struggles against racism and poverty.

  • Fred Vigeant
Watch Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years Friday, February 26 at 9:00pm on WITF. You can stream WITF TV live on our website and through the PBS Video app on Roku, Apple TV and iPhone and Android smartphones. The program is also available on-demand through the PBS Video app.

 

Marian Anderson (1897–1993) is considered one of the most important opera performers of the 20th century.

The celebrated contralto was born in South Philadelphia on Feb. 27, 1897, and played a vital role in the acceptance of African Americans in classical music and other segregated performing arts genres.

Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years traces the arc of Anderson’s life and her struggles against racism and poverty.

The program culminates with her battle against the Daughters of the American Revolution, which led to her historic concert at the Lincoln Memorial.

Watch Marian Anderson: Once in a Hundred Years Friday February 26 at 9:00pm on WITF.

Support for WITF is provided by:

Become a WITF sponsor today »

Up Next
Programs

Country Roots on Finding Your Roots