Marian Anderson

By Wryn Pitts

Birth And Beath Dates

February 27, 1897- April 8, 1993

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Why She Is Famous

Marian Anderson was the first African American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955.


" When I sing, I don't want them to see my face is black. I don't want them to see my face is white. I want them to see my soul. And that is colorless."

Character Traits


Marian was just six years old when she became a choir member at the Union Baptist Church were she earned the nick name, " Baby Contralto". At the age of 12, Maraian's father died, but she remained deeply committed to her church and choir.

Interesting facts

The most interesting things I learned about her was she got to do so many things like got a chance to sing at the Lewisohn Stadium in New York, performed at Carnegie Hall, and embarked on a tour through Europe thanks to a Julius Rosenwald Scholarship. She also Helped set the stage for the Civil Rights Movement and also broke the color barrier.

Marian Anderson Sings at Lincoln Memorial