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Café Central in Vienna, 2004

Yesterday, I wrote a blog so long that I had to break it, post publication, into two texts, and there is material left for a third post.

Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson (February 27, 1897 – April 8, 1993) is a famous African-American contralto.  She faced the horrors of discrimination.  However, the Roosevelts intervened.  I will quote Wikipedia.  “With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

She sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939 before an audience of 75,000 persons, not to mention the persons listening to her on their radio.  She was the first black person to sing at the Metropolitan Opera and she sang at the inauguration of President Dwight Eisenhower (1957) and the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy (1962).

Marian Anderson was often denied rooms in hotels and meals in restaurants, despite her accomplishments.  Consequently, whenever possible Albert Einstein hosted her in his home.  He hosted her for the first time in 1937 “when she was denied a hotel before performing at Princeton University. She last stayed with him months before he died in 1955.” (Wikipedia)

It may be a rumour, but it appears there is a correlation between a high intelligence quotient and tolerance.  It also appears that a high intelligence quotient does not preclude a high emotional quotient.  But these are mere rumours.  I wish I could discuss such matters with Pascal and Voltaire.

The News

The Montreal Gazette: http://www.montrealgazette.com/index.html
The National Post: http://www.nationalpost.com/index.html
The Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/
The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/
Le Monde diplomatique: http://mondediplo.com/ EN
CBC News: http://www.cbc.ca/news/
CTV News: http://www.ctvnews.ca/
Le Monde: http://www.lemonde.fr/
Le Devoir: http://www.ledevoir.com/
Le Monde diplomatique: http://www.monde-diplomatique.fr/
La Presse: http://www.lapresse.ca/
Die Welt: http://www.welt.de/
Micheline Walker©
August 11th, 2012