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Gospel Singer



Born: Oct

. 26, 1911

New Orleans

Orleans Parish




: Jan. 27, 1972

Evergreen Park

Cook County

Illinois, USASlide3

Third of

six children



in poverty in a three-room "shot-gun" shackShotgun houses consist of three to five rooms in a row with no hallways and have a narrow, rectangular structure.Father: John A. Jackson, was a stevedore, barber and ministerMother Charity Clark was a maid and laundress; she died when Mahalia was five

Shotgun shackSlide4

Early Life


singing at 4 years old in the Mount


Baptist Church.Brought up in a devout Christian familyInfluenced by the secular sounds of blues artists like Bessie Smith and Ma RaineySlide5

Teen and older

Moved to Chicago as a teen to study nursing



the Greater Salem Baptist Church and became a member of the Johnson Gospel SingersThen started working with Thomas A. Dorsey, a gospel composer; the two performed around the U.S.Had a number of jobs -- working as a laundress, beautician and flower shop ownerWed Isaac

Hockenhull in 1936, with the two later divorcing.Slide6

Making it Big

Made some

recordings in the


Major success with "Move On Up a Little Higher" in 1947sold millions of copies and became the highest selling gospel single in history. She Made radio and television appearances and went on tourPerformed in Carnegie Hall on October 4, 1950 to a racially integrated audience. 1952

tour in EuropeHad her own gospel program on the CBS television network in 1954 and scored a pop hit with "Rusty Old Halo."Slide7

International Star

1956: debut


The Ed Sullivan Show

 1958 appeared at the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island, performing with Duke Ellington and his band. 1959 Jackson appeared in the film Imitation of Life. By the end of the decade, much of Jackson’s work featured crossover production styles; she was an international figure, with a performance itinerary that included singing at President John F. Kennedy’s inauguration.Slide8

Civil Rights Work



supporter of the Civil Rights Movement. She

Sang at the March on Washington at the request of her friend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in 1963, performing “I Been ‘Buked and I Been Scorned.” Slide9

March on Washington


28, 1963, more than 200,000 Americans gathered in Washington, D.C., for a political rally known as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.


by a number of civil rights and religious groupsDesigned to shed light on the political and social challenges African Americans continued to face across the country. March became a key moment in the growing struggle for civil rights in the United StatesCulminated in Martin Luther King

Jr.’s "I Have a Dream" speech, a spirited call for racial justice and equality.Slide10

Later Years


death in

1968: sang

at his funeral and then largely withdrew from public political activities. 1969, she published her autobiography Movin’ On Up.Hospitalizations for severe health problemsFinal concert in 1971 in Munich,

GermanyDied of a heart attack on January 27, 1972. Remembered

and loved for her impassioned delivery, her deep commitment to spirituality and her lasting inspiration to listeners of all faiths.

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Mahalia Jackson Born Oct 26 1911 New Orleans Orleans Parish Louisiana USA Death  Jan 27 1972 Evergreen Park Cook County Illinois USA Third of six children B orn in poverty in a threeroom shotgun ID: 596652 Download Presentation

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