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The Marian Anderson Award honors critically acclaimed artists who have impacted society in a positive way, either through their work or their support for an important cause.

Created in 1998, the Award is named for the great Philadelphian and American artist. The first recipient of the Marian Anderson Award in 1998 was Harry Belafonte, followed by Gregory Peck, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, Bill Cosby, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi and Wynton Marsalis.

Each year honorees are selected by the Award’s board of directors from among candidates with distinguished careers of artistic achievement and critical acclaim.

Importantly, The Marian Anderson Award also honors the legacy of Marian Anderson through its Young Artist Study-Grant (YASG) Program which supports financially challenged high school-aged artists from throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.

STAFF

J. Patrick Moran
President

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Willa J. Hightower
Chair
Director, Customer Financial Operations
PECO Energy Company

Gregory Murphy
Vice-Chair
Vice President for Advancement
Executive Director of the College Foundation
Community College of Philadelphia

Aldustus (A.J.) Jordan
Secretary
SVP, Northeast Community Relations Senior Manager
Wells Fargo Government and Community Relations Group

Margaret Cronan
At-Large
Co-Founder
Mettle Man

Dyana Williams
At-Large
President
Influence Entertainment

Members

James J. Cuorato
President & CEO
Independence Visitor Center

Sandra Grymes
EX OFFICIO

Sheila Hess
City Representative
City of Philadelphia

Susan Jacobson
President
Jacobson Strategic Communications

Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake
President
Independence Blue Cross Foundation

Ellyn Jo Waller, Ed.D.
First Lady
Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church

Pamela Browner White
Emeritus Chair

Joseph H. Kluger
Emeritus Board Member

Leslie Stiles
Emeritus Board Member

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