Today In Black History: October 26, 1911 “The Birth Of Mahalia Jackson”

Mahalia Jackson

On October 26, 1911, gospel songstress Mahalia Jackson was born. Jackson is deemed to be the “Queen of Gospel.” Jackson is revered as one of gospel’s all-time greats, with her hefty/ savory tone. Throughout Mahalia Jackson’s life she has accomplished many great things! Jackson made her way to becoming an international star.  Jackson has made appearances on the The Ed Sullivan Show, released several records (consisting of The Power and the Glory, Silent Night: Songs for Christmas, and Mahalia), she appeared in the film Imitation of Life, and even performed at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. When questioned about her view point on Blues, Jackson’s responsed, “Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.” Mahalia Jackson played a prominent role within the Civil Right’s Movement. Jackson has sung at the March on Washington, and even sung at the funeral of Martin Luther King Jr.  Jackson once stated, “I’ll come to any benefit if I see SCLC get all the money.”

Source: bio.True Story


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