Today, the Marian Anderson Historical Society marks the 110th birthday of its namesake. Hear the famous contralto's voice, learn more about her life, and get information about the society's program for scholars here.
Last week, my godmother gave me a copy of Songs and Spirituals by Marian Anderson. On vinyl! Here's a quote from the liner notes:
"[The spirituals] are my own music, but it is not for that reason that I love sing them. I love the spirituals because they are truly spiritual in quality; they give forth an aura of faith, simplicty, humility, and hope."
--Marian Anderson, 1897-1993
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