Marian Anderson In 1939, the DAR refused to let Anderson sing in DC's Constitution Hall because she was black. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR, and her husband's administration arranged an outdoor concert at the Lincoln Memorial for a crowd of 75,000 and millions of radio listeners. Anderson was the first African American to sing with the Metropolitan Opera, and in 1958 became a delegate to the United Nations.
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Queen Victoria poses for a photograph for her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating her 60th anniversary as queen. Notice she wears lace made for her wedding day over her black mourning dress as a tribute to her late husband, Albert. The queen never again wore colors after the prince consort's death on December 14th, 1861.
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 o
Shirley Anita St. Hill Chisholm (November 30, 1924 – January 1, 2005) - American politician, educator, and author, Congresswoman, representing New York's 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983 - first African American woman elected to Congress