Quote of the Day: Marian Anderson on Childhood

The singer on children’s resiliency and natural optimism.

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Marian Anderson

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You can read this quote by Marian Anderson, from her autobiography My Lord, What a Morning (1956), in Bartlett’s Familiar Black Quotations. Read the quote in its full context here.

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor and founding director of the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University. He is also the editor-in-chief of The Root. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.