Marian Anderson: My Lord, What a Morning

(1956)

About the Author

Born in Philadelphia in 1897, Marian Anderson grew up in a predominantly black neighborhood that exemplified both the strengths and the weaknesses of inner-city life. While her childhood was marked by poverty and the early death of her father, she enjoyed the benefits of being raised in a close-knit extended family that nurtured her personal and musical development. Both sides of her family had migrated to Pennsylvania from Virginia in the early 1890s.

All four of Anderson’s grandparents had lived as slaves, but in Philadelphia her parents and grandparents found a...

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