Another unconfirmed story that has persisted in some fashion is that when famed opera singer Marian Anderson was refused a stay at a Princeton hotel Einstein opened his home to her and did so every time she visited the area.
Given the climate of the United States at the time, much of Einstein’s connections with civil rights received little fanfare. None of the major outlets carried news of his speech and only African-American newspapers covered the event.
Einstein died at Princeton Hospital after the rupture of an abdominal aortic aneurysm on April 18, 1955. He was 76. Einstein’s life could have possibly been saved with surgery, but he believed prolonging life in such a way was a selfish choice.
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