Rhapsody in Black

Singer Marian Anderson triumphed over obstacles

Marian Anderson was the first Black American to sing at the Met.London Express/Getty Images

Rhapsody in Black - Marian Anderson could sing!


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February 24, 2022

Contralto Marian Anderson sang her way to the top. Despite racism and sexism, she found support from first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and performed at the Lincoln Memorial after being turned away from the whites-only Constitution Hall by the Daughters of the American Revolution.


Host: Tesfa Wondemagegnehu

Producer: Dan Nass

Writers: Andrea Blain and Scott Blankenship

Executive Producer: Julie Amacher