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Bernstein and Marian Anderson at Lewisohn Stadium, New York, 1947.
Marian Anderson rehearsing at Lewisohn Stadium in New York in 1947

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Marian Anderson Performed at the Metropolitan Opera
January 7, 1955

Although Marian Anderson faced racial prejudice throughout her career, she overcame it through perseverance. In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution barred her from singing in its auditorium in Washington, D.C. In protest, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization and helped arrange for Anderson to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. More than 75,000 people showed up.
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