WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) will honor legendary singer Marian Anderson tonight at the National Portrait Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Anderson was a groundbreaking artist and civil rights activist who performed throughout the United States and Europe for decades. She was the first black artist to perform at the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955 and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.

“Tonight, I am honored to celebrate this civil rights icon who overcame discrimination and racism, with a voice that brought togetherness, hope and inspiration,” Norton said. “Mariam Anderson’s voice is recognized internationally and broke racial barriers. It is fitting we honor her tonight in the beginning of Black History Month.”

WHAT: Congresswoman Norton speaks at the National Portrait Gallery exhibition honoring Marian Anderson
WHEN: February 3rd at 6:30 PM
WHERE: National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Street NW, Washington, DC