Curated Collection

Editorial: Marian Anderson


When contralto Marian Anderson made her debut at the Metropolitan Opera on January 7, 1955 - becoming the first African-American soloist to perform - the opportunity was long overdue. She had already been an international star for decades and performed multiple times at the White House, including for the King and Queen of England during their visit in 1939. Anderson also famously performed for a crowd of 75,000 - including a young Martin Luther King Jr. - at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 after the Daughters of the American Revolution refused to allow her to perform at Constitution Hall. Years later, she would perform at the March on Washington, where King Jr. delivered his famous ‘I Have a Dream’ speech. Explore scenes from Anderson’s illustrious, barrier-breaking career in this curated editorial stock footage collection.