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Marian Anderson (1897-1993) in a publicity photo from the Ann Arbor May Festival. Ms. Anderson, a contralto, sang Negro Spirituals and “O don fatale” from the Giuseppe Verdi aria “Don Carlos” in the opening concert at 8:30pm on May 11, 1938. Photo: Bettmann/CORBIS
Marian Anderson, the elegant and groundbreaking contralto who was the first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera, was born 116 years ago today in Philadelphia. She is probably best known to this generation for singing before a crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939, after being refused permission to sing at Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution. DAR has made the effort to make up for the slight ever since, inviting Ms. Anderson to sing at the hall on many occasions soon after the infamous 1939 incident. In this photo, Ms. Anderson is shown arriving at Victoria Station in London on November 11, 1936, for her performance at Queen’s Hall. Photo: Bettman/Corbis
Marian Anderson, singing during an Easter Sunday concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. The concert was broadcast on the radio across the nation and the integrated audience of 75,000 including members of the Supreme Court, Congress, and President Roosevelt’s cabinet. The concert was organized after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Ms. Anderson to sing to an integrated audience at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. solely because of her race. Photo via The Library of Congress.
Opera legend Marian Anderson singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday 1939. When the Daughters of the Revolution barred her from singing at Constitution Hall, she sang on the steps of the memorial instead. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from DAR in protest over their “whites only” policy for the hall and for their treatment of Ms. Anderson.