Legendary singer and civil Rights Trailblazer
I have a great belief in the future of my people and my country.
Marian Anderson, a great American contralto, was barred from singing in Constitution Hall by the DAR in 1939 because of her race. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR and arranged for her to sing at the Lincoln Memorial, where she drew a crowd of 75,000. In 1955 she made a precedent-setting debut as the first black woman to sing solo at the Metropolitan Opera.