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Marian Anderson. African-American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century. Anderson was the first African American to sing leading role with Metropolitan Opera.

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, the elegant and groundbreaking contralto who was the 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.

The beautiful uoung opera singer Marian Anderson.

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

Eleanor and Marian, On February 26, 1939, Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the Daughters of the American Revolution in support of African American opera singer Marian Anderson.

Pearl Bailey ♥ I love her Christmas song - A Five Pound Box of Money ;^D

Marian Anderson 1928 by hytam2, via Flickr

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.