OOPS MN Presents

"When Marian Sang" is an award-winning picture book that tells the true story of Marian Anderson, an American contralto.
OOPS MN has been granted rights from Scholastic publishing to create a filmed reading with interspersed professionally recorded operatic performances highlighting the musical moments throughout the book.

Marian Anderson

In addition to being the first Black singer allowed to perform in a principal role at the Metropolitan Opera, Marian Anderson is best known for her historic concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939 after previously being banned from performing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution because of the color of her skin. The performance, arranged with the help of Eleanor Roosevelt, drew an integrated crowd of 75,000 people in pre-Civil Rights America. 

The Project

The filmed reading and performance will be 30 minutes in length and will premiere for the public via YouTube on Saturday, April 9th, 2022 to commemorate the eighty-third anniversary of Ms. Anderson’s historical Lincoln Memorial concert.


A major component of this project will be creating materials for teachers and parents to facilitate meaningful discussions about the book’s themes. OOPS will be gifting 25 copies of the book to schools across Minnesota.


Along with a copy of the book, each school will receive a link to the film and a list of classroom discussion questions and writing prompts.


 Because we offer all of our programming for free, we exist on donations and grants. Our goal is to fundraise $3,000:

$25 covers the cost of buying and shipping a copy of the book to a Minnesota school.

$150 covers the cost of 1 hour of filming and editing.

$600 will sponsor one of the Artists involved in the project.

Thank you! Every donation, no matter the amount, brings us one step closer to bringing this beautiful project to life! 

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