Marian Anderson 1897 - 1993  
SINGER  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.

Marian Anderson 1897 - 1993 SINGER 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.

The famous opera singer Marian Anderson in the 1920s. Great to see her as a fashionable young woman. Love the dress.

The famous opera singer Marian Anderson in the 1920s. Great to see her as a fashionable young woman. Love the dress.

Marian Anderson, (1897-1993) was the first African American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. She famously sang at the Lincoln Memorial at the height of the struggle for civil rights.

Marian Anderson, (1897-1993) was the first African American singer to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. She famously sang at the Lincoln Memorial at the height of the struggle for civil rights.

"There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you." -- Marian Anderson (1897-1993), opera singer

"There are many persons ready to do what is right because in their hearts they know it is right. But they hesitate, waiting for the other fellow to make the make the first move - and he, in turn, waits for you." -- Marian Anderson (1897-1993), opera singer

Marian Anderson (1897-1993), renowned contralto and first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.

Marian Anderson (1897-1993), renowned contralto and first African American to sing at the Metropolitan Opera.

Marian Anderson is remembered as one of the best American contraltos (women with lower singing voices) of all time She was the first African American singer to perform at the White House and the first African American to sing with New York''s Metropolitan Opera Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1897

Marian Anderson is remembered as one of the best American contraltos (women with lower singing voices) of all time She was the first African American singer to perform at the White House and the first African American to sing with New York''s Metropolitan Opera Marian Anderson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1897

MARION ANDERSON (February 27, 1897) - Opera singer; first African American member of the New York Metropolitan Opera (1955).

MARION ANDERSON (February 27, 1897) - Opera singer; first African American member of the New York Metropolitan Opera (1955).

Marian Anderson Born February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, displayed vocal talent as a child, but her family could not afford to pay for formal training. Members of her church congregation raised funds for her to attend a music school for a year, and in 1955 she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Marian Anderson Born February 27, 1897, in Philadelphia, displayed vocal talent as a child, but her family could not afford to pay for formal training. Members of her church congregation raised funds for her to attend a music school for a year, and in 1955 she became the first African American singer to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Photos from Marian Anderson's 1939 landmark concert at the Lincoln Memorial that sparked the civil rights movement: http://ti.me/10R25hy (Thomas D. McAvoy—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Photos from Marian Anderson's 1939 landmark concert at the Lincoln Memorial that sparked the civil rights movement: http://ti.me/10R25hy (Thomas D. McAvoy—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)

Shirley Verrett (left), Marian Anderson, Grace Bumbry (right) January 31, 1982 Photographer: Henry Grossman

Shirley Verrett (left), Marian Anderson, Grace Bumbry (right) January 31, 1982 Photographer: Henry Grossman

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