Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

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In 1933, Arkansas native Florence B. Price made music history as the first African-American woman to have her music performed by a major symphony orchestra when the Chicago Symphony played her Symphony in E minor at the Chicago World's Fair. In her legendary 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial, a watershed moment in the civil rights movement, the famous vocalist Marian Anderson concluded her program with a Florence Price song. ​

During Price's life she interacted with a surprising number of important African-American leaders, including W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Kathryn Dunham, as well as Marian Anderson. This documentary tells the inspirational story of a gifted woman who triumphed over prejudice and preconceptions.

Caged Bird: The Life and Music of Florence B. Price

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