• Hidden History: Lillian Evanti's Lobbying Contributes to the Creation of the Kennedy Center

    24 days ago - By Smithsonian

    By Jennifer Sieck This post is being published on November 12, the eightieth anniversary of the founding of the National Negro Opera Company in 1941. At the same time, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021. It opened twelve years after President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed bipartisan legislation creating a national cultural center in 1958. However, the Evans-Tibbs Collection at the Anacostia Community Museum includes even earlier bills. House Resolutions 5397 and 8047 testify to the advocacy of Madam Lillian Evanti (1890-1967) in the...
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