May 29, 1947: The Daughters of the American Revolution, holding its annual convention in Washington, affirms its ban on African American performers at Constitution Hall.
A story by the Associated Negro Press notes that Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR over its refusal to allow Marian Anderson to perform at the hall in 1939. The story also says that Hazel Scott was denied permission to perform there.
“Since that time [the] Tuskegee choir has been permitted to perform in a benefit for the institute. But the concert was picketed by defenders of democracy in the capital city.”
ps. At its convention, the DAR opposed Communists in government and called for wholesome motion pictures for children.
The DAR also adopted a resolution against “implanting false and un-American ideas in the minds of children and youths … either by loose and careless interpretation or by deliberate misrepresentation” of the “true facts of history.”
Saw Hazel Scott play piano wonderfully in I Dood It 1943. The DAR really missed something swell.