Mahalia Jackson: The Voice of Gospel and Civil Rights
Enslow, 2003 - African American gospel singers - 128 pages
"Everything is right when singing comes from the soul," said Mahalia Jackson. She sang gospel when people said it would not sell, and she made it popular. Throughout her life, when all else was going wrong, Jackson had her music. A friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Jackson organized rallies and let her voice ring out to raise money for the civil rights movement. She hoped her singing would break down some of the hate and fear that divided whites and blacks. And it did. Readers will be drawn into the story of an ordinary woman whose commitment, talent, and faith, along with her trademark hand-clapping and foot-stomping style, won her the love of millions of people all over the world. Today, Jackson's rousing, inspirational music continues to attract listeners.
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