“A few years into [Einstein’s stay in Princeton – not be confused with Princeton University, where he was not on the faculty but had an office as he awaited the construction of the Institute of Advanced Study], the opera singer Marian Anderson, a renowned contralto born to the subordinated caste, performed to an overflow crowd at McCarter Theatre in Princeton and to rapturous praise in the press of her ‘complete mastery of a magnificent voice.’ But the Nassau Inn in Princeton refused to rent a room to her for the night. Einstein, learning of this, invited her to stay in his home. From then on, she would stay at the Einstein residence whenever she was in town, even after Princeton hotels began accepting African-American guests.”
Quoting Isabel Wilkerson, from CASTE
Marian Anderson is known for her civil rights activism. When the “Daughters of the American Revolution” refused to allow Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C. on April 9, 1939, she moved her performance to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and sang before an crowd of more than 75,000 people of all ethnicities, backgrounds and beliefs.
I breathe in the breath of all of our ancestors who have suffered
and breathe out the promise
of generations to come
to embrace love, inclusion
and well-being for everyone.