Marian Anderson

Marian Anderson was 42 when she sang her famous open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939. The concert was arranged after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to let her perform at Constitution Hall, because she was black. (First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the DAR in protest and helped arrange the concert at the Lincoln Memorial.) The concert is legendary in the American civil rights movement and (despite her many other musical successes) became the signature moment in Anderson's career. During her long international career Anderson broke other color barriers, including becoming the first African-American to sing at the White House and at New York's Metropolitan Opera