Marion Anderson

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Marian Anderson

Thanks for stopping by and taking time out of your day to read my post.  My intent is to put a smile on your face.  Hopefully you’ll go away with some information you may have forgotten about or did not know.  Now sit back and enjoy.

Marian was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania back in 1897 to John and Annie.  Her father sold ice and opened up a small business selling liquor.  Her mother cared for small children. Both parents were devout Christians and the whole family was active in the Union Baptist Church.  At the tender age of six with the urging of her aunt Mary and her father’s sister she started her career.

She attended Staton Grammar School, however the family could not afford to send her to high school.  She practiced her profession where she got the attention of the People’s Church pastor.  He convinced the community to raise the money she needed to attend high school where she graduated from the South Philadelphia High School in 1921.

In the early 1930’s she moved to Europe where her career took off.  She came back to the U.S. in 1935 where she met Albert Einstein and he hosted her on many occasions.  In 1939 she was refused to perform at Construction Hall.  I might tell you now that she was a black singer.  The refusal by the Daughters of the American Revolution caused then First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt to resign from the organization.  Her fame spread and as a result of her singing abilities she was awarded several accolades including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Kennedy Center Honors, the National Medal of Arts and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  Oh I almost forgot how about the NAACP Spingarn Medal, the Handel Medallion, the Congressional Gold Medal. The George Peabody Medal.  In 1980 the United States Treasury Department coined a half-ounce gold commemorative medal with her likeness.  One last thing she was the first recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award.  She died in 1993 at 96 from congestive heart failure.  Not bad, not bad at all for the daughter of an ice salesman.   


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Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
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I'm surprised I do not know of Marion Anderson and if I ever did, I forgot.

Apr 13, 2016 09:36 PM #1
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. Marion Anderson was such an inspirational figure. I remember listening to her as a kid. And Eleanor Roosevelt had her sing on the capitol steps. 

Apr 13, 2016 09:41 PM #2
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

James- I know who she is and I associate her with the Kennedy Center but did not know of her early life.

Apr 13, 2016 09:45 PM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Some very impressive allocades.

I have to admit a person unfamiliar with.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Apr 13, 2016 09:55 PM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good moorning James. Blanked again! Should have known this one! Enjoy your day!

Apr 13, 2016 09:55 PM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

If she started at the age of six, she obviously was a natural!  

Apr 13, 2016 11:58 PM #6
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

I'd heard of Marion Anderson and seen clips of her singing in history films, James Dray ... but knew little about her earlier years.  Thanks for the history lesson ... and education ...


Apr 14, 2016 03:10 AM #7
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

I had no idea about this person. She certainly was high decorated and it sounds like for good reason, too. 

Apr 14, 2016 08:20 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


She had an amazing voice.  What a lady!/  A

Apr 14, 2016 10:02 AM #9
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Marion Anderson was trail blazer and and outstanding singer.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Apr 14, 2016 12:57 PM #10
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Marian Anderson had an amazing life in spite of obstacles along her way. We could say she found her mission and lived it... she did not leave earth with the music still unsung within her. 

Apr 14, 2016 02:32 PM #11
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning James. What an amazing history, you are so right. I can't imagine that if she put her mind to something she would accomplish the goal.

Apr 14, 2016 09:41 PM #12
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