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MARIAN ANDERSON    1897 - 1993

My people, the African Americans, instinctively felt the 
historical message of slavery, freedom, hope, and 
redemption in my music.
Marian Anderson

An American contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century.   She made many recordings, reflecting her repertoire of everything from concert literature to lieder to opera to traditional American songs and spirituals.

Marian Anderson at the Lincoln Memorial 1939

She became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice.  In 1939, the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) refused permission for Anderson to sing to an integrated audience in Constitution Hall.  With the aid of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Anderson performed a critically acclaimed open-air concert on Easter Sunday, on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, to a crowd of more than 75,000 people and a radio audience in the millions.

He shall feed his flock

She later became an important symbol of grace and beauty during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, notably singing at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom in 1963.  She also worked for several years as a delegate to the United Nations Human Rights Committee and as a "goodwill ambassadress" for the United States

PETER At the age of six you were called the "Baby Contralto" in the junior church choir.
ANDERSON Even at that time, music was my life.  I would feel the rhythm of music as I walked down the street, as I ate food and in the wind.  I breathed music.
PETER Later at At the South Philadelphia High School you tried your hand at composition.
ANDERSON It's almost as if the compositions were already written within me.
PETER Were you in contact with your spirit guides?
ANDERSON I was in contact with a lot of energies from the other side, people whom I knew before, and people I had helped.  They came to help me celebrate my life, and I experienced them as music.
PETER You performed successfully at the Wigmore Hall London and in Scandinavia.  You even sang before the Kings of Denmark and Sweden.
ANDERSON I can feel it now as if the heavens had opened and had allowed me to be the sunshine, allowed me to warm and influence the hearts and souls of the people with whom I came in contact.  It was a beautiful thing, a place where people opened themselves to receive my message.
PETER One of the people who fell under your spell was Jean Sibelius, who wrote his song Solitude for you.
ANDERSON That was like meeting a soul mate, someone who understood the vibration of music - which is the vibration of life.  It can defuse rage, misunderstandings, petty differences and let all see and feel the unity of a single vibration; discord will not be tolerated.
PETER In 1935 at the Salzburg Festival, the great conductor Toscanini heard you sing and said, "A voice like hers is heard only once in a hundred years."
ANDERSON I wept when I thought of all the people who could have been in the same position had they persevered and had they availed themselves of the opportunities that I had.
PETER Did you mind not having children?
ANDERSON I had millions of children!  I did not have any physical children, but then I did not have the time.
PETER Your success led you to sing at the inaugurations of Eisenhower and Kennedy.  You sang when Dr. King gave his famous speech.  You became quite an icon of the American Establishment.  Was that constrictive?
ANDERSON I did not allow the ideology of those events at which I performed to dictate where I was.  I participated because they had a venue that would allow me to showcase my talents and to convey my heart to people, always with the hope that they could do exactly what I had done.

Toni comments: What a sweetheart!  There was such gentleness in her, but an incredible depth of energy and, definitely, no combativeness whatsoever.  She gave a sense of "I've got this mission, and I'm going to find a way to fulfill my dream, and in doing so I will share it with whoever is ready to receive it."  She is a very old soul with strong energy, very firm in her intentions.

Peter comments: When Marian Anderson's soul entered the room I was stunned by the overwhelming feeling of love and peace that she brought with her.  She really did achieve her objectives in life.

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