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April 9, 2011, Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) African-American contralto, Marian Anderson*, gave a free concert on Easter Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial, here in the Nation's Capital seventy-two years ago, April 9, 1939.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower made Marian Anderson an honorary delegate to the United Nations and she was invited by President John F. Kennedy to sing the National Anthem at his inauguration on January 20, 1961.
She was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Mr. Kennedy.
Although denied entrance into the Philadelphia Music Academy, she won 1st Prize in a 1925 NY Philharmonic contest. She performed with the group on Aug. 26, 1925 and at Carnegie Hall in 1928. Miss Anderson died at the age of 96 in Portland, Oregon.