Marian Anderson Marian Anderson was one of the greatest singers of the 20th Century, but it was her dignity in the face of racial prejudice which confirmed her legacy in the United States. John was a loader at the Reading Terminal Market and sold ice and coal in Philadelphia. Before they were married, Annie attended the Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg, Virginia and later worked as a school teacher.
Her father sold ice and coal at the Reading Terminal in downtown Philadelphia and eventually opened a small liquor business as well. Prior to her marriage, Anderson's mother had briefly attended Marian anderson Virginia Seminary and College in Lynchburg and had worked as a schoolteacher in Virginia.
As she did not obtain a degree, Annie Anderson was unable to teach in Philadelphia under a law that was applied only to black teachers and not white ones. She therefore earned an income caring for small children.
Marian was the eldest of the three Anderson children. Her two sisters, Alice later spelled Alyse — and Ethel —also became singers. Marian's aunt Mary, her father's sister, was particularly active in the church's musical life and, noticing her niece's talent, convinced her to join the junior church choir at the age of six.
In that role she got to perform solos and duets, often with her aunt Mary. Marian was also taken by her aunt to concerts at local churches, the YMCA, benefit concerts, and other community music events throughout the city.
Anderson credited her aunt's influence as the reason she pursued a singing career. Beginning as young as six, her aunt arranged for Marian to sing for local functions where she was often paid 25 or 50 cents for singing a few songs.
As she got into her early teens, Marian began to make as much as four or five dollars for singing; a considerable amount of money for the early 20th century. At the age of 10, Marian joined the People's Chorus under the direction of singer Emma Azalia Hackleywhere she was often given solos.
Citation needed When Anderson was 12, her father was accidentally struck on the head while at work at the Reading Terminal, just a few weeks before Christmas of He died of heart failure a month later at age Marian and her family moved into the home of her father's parents, Grandpa Benjamin and Grandma Isabella Anderson.
Her grandfather had been born a slave and had experienced emancipation in the s. He was the first of the Anderson family to settle in South Philadelphia, and when Anderson moved into his home the two became very close.
He died only about a year after the family moved in. Citation needed Anderson attended Stanton Grammar School, graduating in the summer of Her family, however, could not afford to send her to high school, nor could they pay for any music lessons.
Still, Anderson continued to perform wherever she could and learn from anyone who was willing to teach her. Throughout her teenage years, she remained active in her church's musical activities, now heavily involved in the adult choir.
Eventually the directors of the People's Chorus and the pastor of her church, Reverend Wesley Parks, along with other leaders of the black community, raised the money she needed to get singing lessons with Mary Saunders Patterson and to attend South Philadelphia High Schoolfrom which she graduated in Citation needed After high school, Anderson applied to an all-white music school, the Philadelphia Music Academy now University of the Artsbut was turned away because she was black.
The woman working the admissions counter replied, "We don't take colored" when she tried to apply. Undaunted, Anderson pursued studies privately with Giuseppe Boghetti and Agnes Reifsnyder in her native city through the continued support of the Philadelphia black community.
She met Boghetti through the principal of her high school.
Anderson auditioned for him singing 'Deep River' and he was immediately brought to tears. In Anderson got her first big break when she won first prize in a singing competition sponsored by the New York Philharmonic.View the profiles of people named Marian Anderson.
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