Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid-twentieth century.
The day before the performance, while still on the Ile de France, Marian fell and broke her ankle. It won her so much exposure and popularity that in she became the first African American to be invited to perform at the White House and then sang there again when Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were entertaining the King and Queen of Great Britain in Boghetti urged Anderson to enter a national contest sponsored by the New York Philharmonic.
If she had been old and sour-faced I might not have been startled.
Marian Anderson, noted contralto, sings "The Star Spangled Banner" at the dedication of a mural commemorating her free public concert on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on Easter Sunday in The following June, a memorial service attended by 2, admirers paid tribute to the singer whose beautiful voice exposed the country's ugly racial divisions.
When she traveled in the United States, she was often, like all African Americans of her time, restricted to "colored" waiting rooms, hotels, and train cars.
She accepted the responsibility of role model for the future with grace and passed on a vast legacy of accomplishments to be not only met, but surpassed by the African American singers who followed her.
Portland, Oregon African American opera singer Marian Anderson is remembered as one of the best American contraltos women with lower singing voices of all time.
Critics welcomed her as a "new high priestess of song.