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American Experience: Voice of Freedom DVD

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Follow the story of singer Marian Anderson, whose talent broke down barriers around the world. Narrated by Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Voice of Freedom interweaves Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy and the American soul.

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Follow the story of singer Marian Anderson, whose talent broke down barriers around the world. Narrated by Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Voice of Freedom interweaves Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy and the American soul.


Follow the story of singer Marian Anderson, whose talent broke down barriers around the world. Hailed as a voice that “comes around once in 100 years” and widely celebrated by both white and Black audiences at home, her fame wasn’t enough to insulate her from the indignities and trauma of racism and segregation. On Easter Sunday, 1939, she stepped up to a microphone in front of the Lincoln Memorial. Inscribed on the walls of the monument behind her were the words “all men are created equal.” Barred from performing in Constitution Hall because of her race, Anderson would sing for the American people in the open air. Narrated by Renée Elise Goldsberry (Hamilton), Voice of Freedom interweaves Anderson’s rich life story with this landmark moment in history, exploring fundamental questions about talent, race, fame, democracy and the American soul.

Producer: Rob Rapley, Emily Harrold, Vanessa Ruiz, Nancy Sherman, Mark Zwonitzer
Executive Producer: Cameo George
Production Company: Apograph FIlms; WGBH
Production Year: 2020
Copyright Year: 2021
Rating: NR
Director: Rob Rapley
Narrator: Renée Elise Goldsberry
Writers: Rob Rapley
Number of Discs: 1
Subtitled: Y


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Mary L. reviewed American Experience: Voice of Freedom DVD
5.0 star rating
Excellent. I learned a lot
Review by Mary L. review stating Excellent. I learned a lot
Excellent. I learned a lot more about the women behind the voice.
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David T. reviewed American Experience: Voice of Freedom DVD
5.0 star rating
Great documentary
Review by David T. review stating Great documentary
I so enjoyed watching this documentary on air, I knew I needed to have it to enjoy again and again in the future
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Brenda G. reviewed American Experience: Voice of Freedom DVD
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American Experience: Voice of Freedom
Review by Brenda G. review stating American Experience: Voice of Freedom
Very informative and in-depth narrative of the life of one of the Greatest Contralto voices to ever to Grace the American stage. Like other African-Americans during this era, that talents were down-played because of their Race. I give this film Five Stars for the detailed way it was put together. I am an avid Collector of African-American History and wish to Thank PBS for the Great videos that they produce. Their Legacies will live on for generations to come!!

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