|Marian Anderson, opera singer (1897-1993)|
Marian Anderson, renowned opera singer, whose life, and presence upon this earth changed millions of perceptions of her and her race by the sounds she made singing and speaking up and out during a troubled time of suppression for Black people during Jim Crow's reign of terror. In the midst of that she made her voice speak observing, and declaring: "There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you."
The sad and annoying thing is most influences for the empowerment of a people fall hard upon open ears not ready for the process starting from internalizing the words of power to manifesting the meaning of those words from within as a life-force. - Gregory E. Woods, Keeper of Stories 10.6.16