Time of Our Singing invoked

“Albert Einstein, Hewlett-Packard and Marian Anderson: 1939 — It Mattered More Than You Know,” by David Kipen, Ozymandias, January 8, 2014.  “Without the three watershed events that hit in 1939, the year 2014 wouldn’t look the same at all.”

To some, the civil rights movement started that week in 1939. The novelist Richard Powers beautifully describes Anderson’s recital in his great novel about race, science and classical music, “The Time of Our Singing.” The patrician Eleanor Roosevelt’s invitation, he writes, ”rejects her roots overnight, declaring that no ancestor of hers ever fought to found this republic.”

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