Mahalia Jackson

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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 ... 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 thing—that'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).
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