The Singer and the Scientist

The Singer and the Scientist was named a National Jewish Book Award finalist!

It’s 1937, and Marian Anderson is one of the most famous singers in America. But after she gives a performance for an all-white audience, she learns that the nearby hotel is closed to African Americans. She doesn’t know where she’ll stay for the night.

Until the famous scientist Albert Einstein invites her to stay at his house. Marian, who endures constant discrimination as a Black performer, learns that Albert faced prejudice as a Jew in Germany. She discovers their shared passion for music—and their shared hopes for a more just world.


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The Singer and the Scientist was named a Bank Street College Best Book 2021


This American Masters episode about Marian Anderson includes illustrations from “The Singer and the Scientist” approx. 1:07:02 to 1:08:46 in the film. Episode will be available to stream through March 9. Shown in honor of Black History Month and Anderson’s 125th birthday (Feb. 27, 1897).