By Wryn Pitts
Birth And Beath Dates
February 27, 1897- April 8, 1993
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."
Marian was determined to reach her goal in singing even when times were tough.
Marian Anderson was very brave because she believed in herself when she sang even though some people could say mean things to her and not like her singing.
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.
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.