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Marian Anderson

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Photo of Marian Anderson by Carl Van Vechten (1940).

Source: Wikipedia

For over forty years, Marian Anderson wowed audiences in both the United States and Europe with her broad performance repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals. As an African-American, Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice during the mid twentieth century. In 1939, when the Daughters of the American Revolution refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience, the internationally community began to listen. With the aid of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed a open-air concert on Easter Sunday, 1939 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions. In addition to this inspiring performance, in 1955, Anderson became the first black person in the world to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Anderson will forever be known as a pioneer for human rights, both by her work as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and by her international acclaim as an African American singer.

Fact file

  • Born: February 27, 1897
  • Died: April 8, 1993
  • Occupation Singer, Humanitarian

Read more about Marian Anderson at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

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Marian Anderson's concert dress goes on view in DC
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WASHINGTON (AP) — For the first time, an orange-and-black ensemble Marian Anderson wore during her historic performance at the Lincoln Memorial 75 years ago is going on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

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