Hybrid: Great Performers with Marc Courtade: The Queen of Gospel: Mahalia Jackson

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Mahalia Jackson, an American Gospel signer, is considered one of the most influential voices of the 20th Century. She rose from poverty to international fame, performing for presidents and royalty all over the world. Jackson became closely associated with the civil rights movement, and sang at the March on Washington in 1963 at the request of her friend Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She resisted efforts to turn her into a jazz or blues singer, declaring "Blues are the songs of despair, Gospel songs are the songs of hope." This talk will celebrate the lady and her voice.

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