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Explorations in Sights and Sounds
When Marian Anderson passed away in April 1993 at the age of ninety-seven, the distinguished contralto was remembered as a gifted artist of great dignity and as a pioneer who shattered racial barriers in the arts. Indeed, most memorial tributes recounted her triumphant concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday, 1939. On that occasion, which became one of the earliest symbols of the struggle for civil rights in America, Anderson sang after the Daughters of the American Revolution denied her use of the recital stage at Washington's Constitution Hall. Additionally, in 1955 Anderson became the first black artist to perform with New York's Metropolitan Opera.
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