Ok.. we are doing a project on the 6 principles of Karma(which I will list), and we have to find examples of these karmas from Marian's biography. We have to have 6 examples of each with cause and effect. I have a few so far but can you see if they are right. Thanks.
Principles of Karma
1. We reap what we sow(positive=positive, negative=negative)
2. Life is all about choices
3. Choices have consequences. Your heart always knows the right answer.
4. Spontaneous people affect you and others positively.
5. Comfort in heart=right gut feeling. Follow your heart. Discomfort=wrong.
6. Pay your past karma (learn from them, meditate on, think about it, and make up for it.)
Now here are some of the examples I found from her biography that relate to this principles.
Cause: Tried to make a choice to attend Philadelphia's Music Academy which was an all white school.
Effect: But was turned away because of her color.
Cause: Alexander Robinson Union Baptist's Senior Choir director (a professional musician) appreciated Marian's expectional talents which influenced her career for singing.
Effect: Started performing with the junior choir and he made her feel comfortable singing as contralto.
Cause: Marian continued to perform wherever she could and learned from anyone who was willing to teach her.
Effect: Learned more with their teachings.
Cause: Reverend Wesley Parks along with other leaders of the black community blended together to help out Marian.
Effect: Helped her raise money to get singing lessons with Mary S. Patterson and to attend South Philadelphia High School from which she graduated in 1921.
Cause: Benjamin Anderson (her grandfather) always took a stand for things that were important to him. She would remember his determination throughout her life.
Effect: That's what made her take stands in her future.
Cause: When she studied for months with Mme Charles Chaier
Effect: She launched a highly successful European singing tour.
Cause: The racial prejudice prevented her career from gaining much momentum
Effect: Later on in her life she wound up being discovered, and became very famous.
Cause: When Marian worked with Mme Charles Cahier her career didn't go as far because she was studying but later a man named Sol Hurok offered her another contract that was better.
Effect: Later on she started to become more successful that she toured all over and was offered oprea roles.
Cause: Because Marian had a lack of acting experience and didn't take the time to learn.
Effect: She had to decline all the offers.
Cause: Marian's talent was noticed by Roland Hayes an internationally known African American tenor.
Effect: When Hayes and many others encouraged Marian to broaden her horizons, she then began to perform out of town concerts.
Cause: Marian started singing in churches and choirs which helped her become discovered.
Effect: It made her life famous but also made her a threat to white people.
Cause: Fortunately for future generations of music lovers, Marian didn't give up.
Effect: Despite her concerns about what the future might hold in the way of disappointments Marian Anderson had inherited from her mother the quiet and small Anna Anderson, and a strength of detemination and faith.
Cause: Daughters of the Ameican Revolution refused to let Marian sing to a integrated audience in Constitutional Hall. Marian could have spoke up but she let it go.
Effect: But instead her manager arranged a concert on the Lincoln Memorial steps. She sang "America," where 75,000 people of many ethnic backgrounds came, and this became a very famous day.
Cause: Lucy Wilson insisted on Marian to audition to Giuseppe Boghetti, who had studios in New York and Philadelphia.
Effect: At first he didn't have time for the audition, but when Marian began singing, "Deep River" Boghetti shed in tears and wanted to make room for her right away.
Cause: Joseph Pasternak who was the conductor of Philadelphia's Philarmanic Society Group noticed Marian.
Effect: After signing a contract she became the first African American perfomer to record spirituals for a major U.S. recording company.
Cause: Without some sort of management support for her career.
Effect: It was nearly impossible for Marian to make the kind of serious contracts she needed in the musicial communities beyond Philadelphia.
Cause: When Orpheus Fisher, her only true romance was tired of waiting for Marian to change her mind about marriage.
Effect: He instead married another woman, and Marian felt heartbroken.
Cause: When her performance at Town Hall was a disaster.
Effect: She started to question whether or not she had the ability to pursue a career as a professional singer.
Cause: With the financial problems in her family, Marian decided that she didn't want to perform any longer.
Effect: Her mother encouraged her to go back the singing and she did.
Cause: Marian hoped by joining the well-known Judson from she would not only increase the number of her concert perfomances, but her income as well.
Effect: Unfortunately, the experience was for the most part a disappointment. In fairness, the fault was not entirely Judsons. American was stuggling with the economic hardships of the Great Depression.
Cause: Due to the Great Depression.
Effect: It meant fewer tours, more months of inactivitiy, and less income for Marian Anderson.
Cause: Marian sailed for Europe and traveled to Berlin.
Effect: She finally began to start her fomal study of German lieder so she could start singing in German.
Cause: With her European tour with her successful accompantist, Kosti Vehanen.
Effect: She received so much money that her financial situation was ending.
Cause: From studying German, and other languages.
Effect: Her tours, and career became a major success.
Cause: By signing with Hruok, a successful promoter.
Effect: she had to end her partnership with Billy King.
Cause: At first, Marian was reluctant to perform at the Linclon Memorial.
Effect: After seekikng her mothers opinion and giving it a great deal of thought she finally accepted.
Cause: From her decision at the Lincoln Memorial.
Effect: It marked a turning point in the lives of the countless African Americans but also transformed the attitude of many whites toward racial discrimination.
Cause: Rumors were spreading about Marian's imprending marriage with Orpheus Fisher.
Effect: She couldn't decide if marrying him could effect her career.
Cause: With the award of a $10,000 check.
Effect: She used the money to establish the Marian Anderson Scholarship Fund to assist young vocalists with their continuing studies.
Project on Marian Anderson - GuruBlue, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 2:29pm
This looks to me like you have done good research and excellent reasoning.
I can remember how angry I was when a influential women's organization refused to let her sing. She was a fabulous artist. I hope you have had the opportunity to listen to some of her recordings.
re - Anonymous, Friday, March 18, 2011 at 1:44pm
was it really hard