10 Interesting Marian Anderson Facts

Monday, July 7th 2014. | People

Read Marian Anderson Facts if you want to know the African American contralto. She was a wonderful singer who made people amazed in 20th century. People were impressed with her voice. During 1925 till 1965, Marian had various concerts and performance in United States. Let’s find out more facts about Marian by reading the following post below:

Marian Anderson Facts 1: life span

Marian Anderson was born on 27 February 1897. She passed away on 9 April 1993. Anderson was famous as a person who performed in recital and concert. However, she was offered many roles in European opera companies. She rejected the roles because she had no acting skill.

Marian Anderson Facts 2: recordings

There are many recordings that Anderson had created during her life.  You can find the traditional American songs and spirituals in her recording. Do you want to listen to the songs?

Marian Anderson Book

Marian Anderson Book

Marian Anderson Facts 3: black artist

Marian is considered as inspiring women for African American movement in US. She was famous as she struggled against the racial prejudice at that time.

Marian Anderson Facts 4: refusal

Anderson wanted to sing to integrated spectators in the constitution hall, but her permission was rejected by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1939. Because of this rejection, she became the spotlight. People talked about her a lot.

Marian Anderson Facts

Marian Anderson Facts

Marian Anderson Facts 5: the president and first lady

It seems that the will of Anderson to make a great concert could be done because the US president Franklin D Roosevelt and his first lady gave her a help. She could conduct an open air concert on 9 April 1939 at Lincoln Memorial in DC. Read Franklin D Roosevelt facts here.

Marian Anderson Facts 6: audiences

The audiences who came during the open air concert were around 75,000 people. She also had million people listening to her concert on the radio.

Marian Anderson Image

Marian Anderson Image

Marian Anderson Facts 7: the first black artist

There is no need for Anderson to feel inferior because she could be the first black artist who could perform at Metropolitan Opera on 7 January 1955 in New York City.

Marian Anderson Facts 8: opera

The only time she took the role in opera was at the Met. She played Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi’s Un ballo in maschera.


Marian Anderson Singer

Marian Anderson Singer

Marian Anderson Facts 9: civil right movement

In 1960s, Anderson was involved in the civil right movement in US. In 1963, she sang on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Marian Anderson Facts 10: awards

In 1963, Anderson got Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Marian Anderson Sings

Marian Anderson Sings

In 1978, she got Kennedy Center Honors. In 1991, she must be proud to have Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Do you want to say something on facts about Marian Anderson?

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