Erma Inez Morris married Robert Hayden in 1940. She was a music teacher and concert pianist. She worked as a public school teacher in Detroit supporting his life style as a struggle artist. Eventually they decided that Robert should go back to graduate school. Beyond her unflagging support of his dream of being a great poet, his marriage to Erma would result in another major influence on his life and work. Soon after they moved to Ann Arbor in 1941, Erma embrace the Baha’i Faith, a new world religion promoting racial harmony, religious reconciliation, and ideal international relations. Robert also joined the Baha’i in 1943, while still a graduate student.
In 1942 they had their only daughter Maira.
Erma had a B.A. Ed in 2-3 music from University of Michigan
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