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Contralto Marian Anderson Meets President, Performs for Washington Officials

Mar. 22, 1962 - Marian Anderson, the contralto, exchanged mementos with President Kennedy today. Their meeting preceded a concert she gave in Washington tonight for top officials and diplomats. Miss Anderson presented Mr. Kennedy with her latest record, “Spirituals,” and received a reproduction of the Inauguration emblem in return. After a brief visit with the President, she had lunch with wives of Cabinet members. Miss Anderson said she did not expect the President to attend the concert because “he is frightfully busy.” She said she had found the President “even more charming than he appears on television or in his writing.” The singer was accompanied to the White House by Mrs. Ethel Kennedy, the President’s sister-in-law. Mrs. Kennedy is one of the sponsors of the concert.

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