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Grace Bumbry (born January 4, 1937), an American opera singer, is considered one of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation, as well as a major soprano for many years. She was a member of a pioneering generation of singers who followed Marian Anderson (including Leontyne Price, Martina Arroyo, Shirley Verrett and Reri Grist) in the world of classical music and paved the way for future African American opera and classical singers.

Leontyne Price, American Soprano Opera Singer. The First African American to become a leading artist at the Metropolitan Opera. Her voice described as "a price beyond pearls." Her voice is most suited for Puccini's, Verdi's and Mozart's works

Leontyne Price -First African American opera singer to appear at the Metropolitan

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Leontyne Price...What can I say about this beautiful queen? Without a doubt one of the most powerful amazing sopranos not only in the USA, but in the world. She broke down so many barriers for African American opera singers. We owe her a great deal!

Gordon Parks was the first African American photographer for LIFE magazine. A visual artist who captured the trials and joys of African Americans…He was the FIRST major African American director and is responsible for the ‘Learning Tree’ & the blaxploitation film ‘Shaft’…

Comanche family, early 1900s~Within the fabric of American identity is woven a story that has long been invisible—the lives and experiences of people who share African American and Native American ancestry. African and Native peoples came together in the Americas. Over centuries, African Americans and Native Americans created shared histories, communities, families, and ways of life.

The beautiful uoung opera singer Marian Anderson.

Joan Sutherland as Norma in Norma (1967) from the Donald Sutherland collection. | opera #DameJoanSutherland

Rosa Ponselle, American opera singer

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