This Day in History: 1955-01-07

Marian Anderson becomes the 1st African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera.

In 1939 Anderson had been denied a right to sing at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C. by  the Daughters of the American Revolution, provoking Eleanor Roosevelt to quit that organization and invite Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial on Easter in front of an audience of 75,000 people.  She also sang at the inaugurations of Dwight Eisenhower and John F. Kennedy.

Anderson possesed 20 honorary doctorates.

Hear her sing.

Read her obituary in the New York Times.