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Remembering Marian Anderson—Legendary American Singer and Civil Rights Activist

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Marian Anderson (1897-1993) is considered to be one of the greatest contraltos of all time. Her breakout performance was at New York’s Town Hall in 1935. She had performed at New York City's Town Hall in 1924 to mixed reviews. It would take her second performance at Town Hall to cement her stardom (wync.org). One of her most significant performances was at the Lincoln Memorial. She performed on April 9, 1939, in front of 75,000 at the memorial because the Constitutional Hall in Washington, DC had refused to allow her to perform there because she was black. Marian Anderson broke another significant barrier when in 1955 she became the first African American to perform as a member of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. (Britannica.com)

The Original, Unedited Newsreel that Covered the Historical Lincoln Memorial Performance

A Great Short Documentary Filled with Her Live Performances