Marian Anderson

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Opera Singer
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Date of Birth February 27, 1897
Place of Birth Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death Apr 8, 1993 (96)
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Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson was an American contralto. She performed a wide range of music, from opera to spirituals. Anderson performed with renowned orchestras in major concert and recital venues throughout the United States and Europe between 1925 and 1965. Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for African-American artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century. In 1939 during the era of racial segregation, the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. The incident placed Anderson in the spotlight of the international community on a level unusual for a classical musician. With the aid of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and her husband President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, April 9, 1939, on the Lincoln Memorial steps in the capital.

About Marian Anderson

Award-winning contralto opera and spiritual singer who was a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee. The Marian Anderson Award was founded in her honor to help young singers.

Marian Anderson Before Fame

With no musical training, she relied heavily on her church choir. She entertained the troops during the Korean War.

Achievement of Marian Anderson

She was an active supporter of the civil rights movement, participating in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Marian Anderson Family Life

She married Orpheus H. Fisher on July 17, 1943.

Associations of Marian Anderson

Anderson inspired many artists, including Leontyne Price.

Information related to Marian Anderson

  • George Peabody Medal winners
  • African-American classical musicians
  • African-American opera singers
  • Spingarn Medal winners
  • EMI Classics and Virgin Classics artists
  • American contraltos
  • Litteris et Artibus recipients
  • Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners
  • Kennedy Center honorees
  • Stroke survivors
  • Singers from Pennsylvania
  • Congressional Gold Medal recipients
  • RCA Records artists
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients
  • Musicians from Philadelphia
Latest information about Marian Anderson updated on April 18, 2021.

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