Jackson, Mahalia, 1911-1972

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Dates:
Birth 1911-10-26
Death 1972-01-27
Americans

Biographical notes:

Mahalia Jackson (b. Oct. 26, 1911, New Orleans, LA–d. Jan. 27, 1972, Evergreen Park, IL) was one of the most well-known gospel singers of the 20th century. She began singing in church and when she moved to Chicago at age 16 she continued that. In fact, she refused to sing secular music. In 1947 Jackson signed with the Apollo record label and recorded many hits. She was the first gospel singer to perform at Carnegie Hall in 1950. She also performed gospel at the Newport Jazz Festival and sang at John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball in 1961

Jackson was also a key member of the Civil Rights movement and is known for singing at the March on Washington in August of 1963.

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Subjects:

  • Gospel musicians--20th century
  • African American women singers--20th century
  • Gospel music--20th century
  • African American singers
  • African American women

Occupations:

  • Singers

Places:

  • Chicago, IL, US
  • Evergreen Park, IL, US
  • New Orleans, LA, US