Marian Anderson Award
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Marian Anderson Award

The Marian Anderson Award was originally established in 1943 by African American singer Marian Anderson after she was awarded the $10,000 Bok Prize that year by the city of Philadelphia. Anderson used the award money to establish a singing competition to help support young singers; recipients of which include Camilla Williams (1943, 1944), Nathaniel Dickerson (1944), Louise Parker (1944), Rawn Spearman (1949), Georgia Laster (1951), Betty Allen (1952), Gloria Davy (1952), Judith Raskin (1952, 1953), Shirlee Emmons (1953), Miriam Holman (1954), Willis Patterson (1956), Shirley Verrett (1957), Billie Lynn Daniel (1963), and Joyce Mathis (1967). Eventually the prize fund ran out of money and it was disbanded. Florence Quivar was the last recipient of this earlier award in 1976.

In 1990 the award was re-established and has dispensed $25,000 annually. In 1998 the prize was restructured with the "Marian Anderson Award" going to an established artist, not necessarily a singer, who exhibits leadership in a humanitarian area. A separate prize, the "Marian Anderson Prize for Emerging Classical Artists" is given to promising young classical singers.[1]

Awardees by year:[2]


  1. ^ About the Award Archived 2012-03-20 at the Wayback Machine,
  2. ^ Marian Anderson Award: Past Honorees Archived 2012-04-12 at the Wayback Machine,
  3. ^ Rickey, Carrie (2008-11-18). "Angelou, Lear get Marian Anderson Award". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Archived from the original on November 27, 2008. Retrieved .
  4. ^ Bean, Zoe (August 21, 2018). "Queen Latifah to receive 2018 Marian Anderson Award". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2020.
  5. ^ White, Abbey (June 5, 2019). "Kool & the Gang to receive 2019 Marian Anderson Award on group's 50th anniversary". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2020.

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