It is also true that when it was proposed that the world famous singer Marian Anderson should sing in Constitution Hall, the meeting place of the DAR, the application was rejected on account of her race. She was the granddaughter of a man who had been a slave. As a result of the ensuing furor, thousands of DAR members, including First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, resigned from the organization. In her letter to the DAR, she wrote, "I am in complete disagreement with the attitude taken in refusing Constitution Hall to a great artist ... You had an opportunity to lead in an enlightened way and it seems to me that your organization has failed." Later the DAR relented and she sang more than once in the Constitution Hall venue.