02.27.2018

Music icon Marian Anderson to be celebrated in her hometown

Music icon Marian Anderson to be celebrated in her hometown

The late music icon Marian Anderson will be celebrated in her Connecticut hometown on the 121st anniversary of her birth.

The opera singer is credited with breaking down barriers for blacks in the arts and galvanizing the fledging civil rights movement with a 1939 concert at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington.

Anderson became the first black artist to perform at the White House in 1936 and the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera.

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