Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an American gospel singer. Possessing a powerful contralto voice, she was referred to as "The Queen of Gospel". Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and was heralded internationally as a singer and civil rights activist. She was described by entertainer Harry Belafonte as "the single most powerful black ... more »
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''Blues are the songs of despair, but gospel songs are the songs of hope.''Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), U.S. gospel singer, and Evan Mcloud Wylie. Movin' On Up, ch. 6, written with Evan McLoud Wylie (1966).
''It's easy to be independent when you've got money. But to be independent when you haven't got a thingthat's the Lord's test.''Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972), U.S. gospel singer, and Evan Mcloud Wylie, U.S writer. Movin' On Up, ch. 1 (1966) written with Evan McLoud Wylie).