Angelou, Lear named for 2008 Marian Anderson Award

TV producer Norman Lear and author Maya Angelou will be the 2008 recipients of the Marian Anderson Award, which honors artists whose leadership benefits humanity.

They are to accept their honors, each with an accompanying $100,000 honorarium, at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on Nov. 17.

Angelou, 80, has written more than a dozen best sellers including “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” as well as three Grammy-winning spoken-word albums, poetry, plays and children's books. She also has written for television and film, serving on the board of the American Film Institute and as a member of the Director's Guild.

Lear, 76, was creator, producer and writer for television series that became cultural landmarks including “All in the Family,” “Sanford and Son,” “The Jeffersons” and “Maude.” In 1982, he founded the advocacy group People for the American Way.

In its 10th year, the annual Marian Anderson Award is named for the famed contralto and Philadelphia native, who died in 1993 at age 96. Previous recipients include Harry Belafonte, Gregory Peck, Elizabeth Taylor, Oprah Winfrey, Sidney Poitier and Richard Gere.


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