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Women’s History: February 10

10 Feb

First African-American to become an international soprano opera star

Happy Birthday, Leontyne Price. Price was the first African-American to become an international soprano opera star; quite impressive, given she rose to fame during the very ugly, racially charged times of the 1950’s and 1960’s.  At 14, she was taken on a school trip to hear Marian Anderson sing, and she remembered the experience as inspirational. In 1955, (the same year Rosa Parks was arrested) Price was chosen to sing the title role in a television production of Tosca, becoming the first black singer on a televised opera production. In 1964, she won the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1989, Price won a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement Award.

February 10, 1840, Queen Victoria marries Prince Albert.

Quote of the day:

    Accomplishments have no color.–Leontyne Price
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