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Marian Anderson broke the color barrier by becoming the first African-American to perform with the New York Metropolitan Opera in 1955 (read more)
Intermarriage is the marriage between two people of different backgrounds. This background can be either religious (such as a Christian marrying a Jew) or racial (such as an Asian person marrying a person of African descent). Intermarriage is a form of exogamy, or marrying outside of one's social group. Whether that group is defined by religion, race, or other difference, the difference is a barrier that is not easy to cross. When historical meetings of the groups have led to conflict and violence, the fear of the other becomes hatred and the barrier almost impenetrable. Marrying and producing children across such a barrier is difficult if not unthinkable and impossible.
With increasing contact between different peoples of the planet, views towards inter-religious and inter-racial marriage have evolved, although each remains controversial in certain sects of modern society.
Mount Everest--also known as Sagarmatha or Chomolungma--is the highest mountain on Earth, as measured by the height of its summit above sea level. Its exact height is debated, but is approximately 29,000 feet above sea level.
Everest from Kala Patthar in Nepal
The mountain, which is part of the Himalaya range in High Asia, is located on the border between Nepal and Tibet. Its summit was first reached in 1953 by Edmund Hillary of New Zealand and Tenzing Norgay of Nepal. Climbing Everest has generated controversy in recent years as well over 200 people have died climbing the mountain.