Mahalia Jackson ~ the Queen of Gospel & a Great Spirit ~ Born 10/26/1911 ~ Told MLK, Jr., to Speak about His Dream
The famous "I Have a Dream" section of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, celebrated speech during the 1963 March on Washington was not part of his written presentation. But he had talked about it to his colleagues and other close associates during the long hard struggle for Civil Rights. Which is why Mahalia Jackson, so often moved by the spirit in her many soulful recordings, was moved again on that day to shout out from her place in the audience, "Tell them about the dream, Martin." And the rest, as they say, is history.
Through the magic of Storify, here is a slide presentation in honor of Mahalia Jackson, whose spirit remains with us in the included video clips and recordings. Her voice still packs a wallop. Included here are: His Eye Is on the Sparrow; Amazing Grace; How I Got Over, Summertime, Motherless Child, Just a Closer Walk with Thee, a 26-minute interview, and the song she sang at Martin's funeral in 1968.
Thanks to everyone on Twitter, YouTube, and elsewhere for sharing these remarkable finds - and to Storify for making this tech collaboration possible.
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