Mahalia Jackson

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: October 26, 1911 | Died: January 27, 1972    

Mahalia Jackson rose from Deep South poverty to world renown as a passionate gospel singer. Closely associated with the black civil rights movement, Miss Jackson was chosen to sing at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s March on Washington rally at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963. “I been 'buked and I been scorned/ I'm gonna tell my Lord/ When I get home/ Just how long you've been treating me wrong,” she sang in a full, rich contralto to the throng of 200,000 people as a preface to Dr. King's “I've got a dream” speech. That was truly a historic occasion.

The song, which Dr. King had requested, came as much from Miss Jackson's heart as from her vocal cords. The granddaughter of a slave, she had struggled for years for fulfillment and for unprejudiced recognition of her talent. Although Miss Jackson's medium was the sacred song drawn from the Bible or inspired by it, the words-and the “soul” style in which they were delivered-became metaphors of black protest. Among her own people her favorites were “Move On Up a Little Higher,” “Just Over the Hill” and “How I Got Over.”...
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Mahalia Jackson was posthumously inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, a special Grammy award established in 1973 to honor artists whose recordings are at least twenty-five years old and have "qualitative or historical significance."
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