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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, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi, Wynton Marsalis, Dionne Warwick and Kool & the Gang.

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

Gregory Murphy
Interim Executive Director

BOARD OFFICERS

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

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

Carol Tinari
At-Large
Senior Legal Consultant
Nino Tinari & Associates

Dyana Williams
At-Large
President
Influence Entertainment

BOARD MEMBERS

Elizabeth Dale, EdD, MPA
Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Office of Institutional Advancement
Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health

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

Loraine Ballard Morrill
Director of News and Community Affairs
IHeartMedia Philadelphia

Stanford L. Thompson
Founder & Executive Director
Play On Philly

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

EMERITUS BOARD MEMBERS

Pamela Browner White
Emeritus Chair

Joseph H. Kluger
Emeritus Board Member

Leslie Stiles
Emeritus Board Member

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