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Jackson, Mahalia

b. 1911 - d. 1972

With a rich contralto voice, Mahalia Jackson was called the Queen of Gospel. Growing up in a crowded house in New Orleans, her life centered on the Baptist church and singing in the choir. She became a musical sensation, performing in the U.S. and Europe, on radio and television and making highly popular albums of gospel songs. Jackson was a vital part of the Civil Rights Movement, often performing when Dr. King spoke. She sang at the Kennedy Inauguration and before Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech at the 1963 March on Washington. At his funeral she expressed the nation’s grief, singing King’s favorite hymn Take My Hand, Precious Lord.

Associated Archive Content : 9 results

Chicago Freedom Fund Festival

The Chicago Freedom Fund Festival, organized by Mahalia Jackson, served as a benefit for the SCLC.

Eulogy for Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Victims

This is Dr. King?s eulogy for three of the four young girls killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. God gives man the right to exercise good and evil, King says, but God wills that everything will happen for the good ? that out of tragedy comes redemption. Martyred in the struggle for freedom, the girls have become symbols of the crusade and of the faith that sustains it. King speaks of forgiving those who murdered the girls and the need to transform the system, the way of life, and the philosophy that led to the bombing.

Letter from L. K. Jackson to MLK

Rev. Jackson updates Dr. King on his recent activities, how hard he has been fighting for equality for all Americans, and regrets to inform him that he is ill.

Letter from Mahalia Jackson Foundation Requesting Financial Support

In this letter addressed to "Friend," gospel singer Mahalia Jackson requests financial support for the Mahalia Jackson Foundation, which helps deserving children obtain a higher education.

March on Washington Lincoln Memorial Program

This document outlines the program held at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

Miss Mahalia Jackson in Concert

The Southern Christian Leadership Conference presents Miss Mahalia Jackson in concert, marking "another milestone in her personal dedication to the drive for complete freedom for all humanity."

Program - SCLC Presentation of Mahalia Jackson

This SCLC program is for Miss Mahalia Jackson's concert benefitting the organization.

Proposed Program: Lincoln Memorial

This program entails several male and female speakers who are deeply rooted and connected in the Civil Rights Movement. These speakers were expected to speak at the Lincoln Memorial.

The Sound of Freedom

The Greater Philadelphia Citizens Committee is having an event with Dr. King as their guest speaker and special musical performances by artist such as Mahalia Jackson.