“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other.” (1) (2) (3)
Marian Anderson (1897-1993) was an American singer….She sang at the Lincoln Memorial because she could not sing at Constitution Hall, one of the top concert halls in the capital, Washington, DC. It was owned by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Even though Anderson was world-famous by then, they said no because she was black.
Eleanor Roosevelt, the first lady, heard about this. She belonged to DAR and asked them to reconsider. They still refused. Roosevelt quit DAR and set it up so Anderson could sing at the Lincoln Memorial instead. Anderson sang there on Easter Sunday 1939 to 75,000 people and to millions across the country who heard her on the radio. Her first song was “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”. https://abagond.wordpress.com/2009/04/11/marian-anderson/
(1) On March 4, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln delivered his second inaugural address. On April 9th the Civil War or the War Between the States ended when General Lee surrendered to General Grant. On April 15th, Lincoln died from a gunshot wound.
(2) This month’s motto is from a section of Lincoln’s inaugural address regarding prayer:
“Both read the same Bible and pray to the same God, and each invokes His aid against the other. It may seem strange that any men should dare to ask a just God’s assistance in wringing their bread from the sweat of other men’s faces, but let us judge not, that we be not judged. The prayers of both could not be answered. That of neither has been answered fully. The Almighty has His own purposes.”
(3) This is the text of Lincoln’s entire second inaugural address: