Marian's First African-American Dream

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She was the first African American woman to sing as a part of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City. In those two years of studying with Guiseppe, a contest organized by The New York Philharmonic Society, gave her the opportunity to sing at the Lewisohn Stadium. In 1928, she performed at Carnegie Hall, which soon led to her tour all around Europe. Marian was the first African American singer to be invited to sing for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. In 1939, the singer came across an incident involving the Daughters of American Revolution, who denied her to use their Constitution Hall for a concert, simply because she was African American. In 1961, at John F. Kennedy’s inauguration, she sang the National Anthem. He gave her the Presidential
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