Chief Executive Officer, New York
“Genius draws no color lines.”
In 1939 US Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes said those words as he welcomed renowned contralto Marian Anderson to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Her performance was profound: Anderson stepped onto the stage after having been prevented from singing at Constitution Hall, a venue which allowed white performers only. Still, her genius moved thousands that day; to watch the performance now sends a chill down my spine.