Looking Black On Today In 1911, The Legendary Gospel Singer and Civil Rights Activist, Mahalia Jackson Was Born

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The legendary Gospel singer and Civil Rights activist, Mahalia Jackson was born 104 years ago today.

In a career that spanned 6 decades from 1927-1971, Jackson recorded over 30 albums, appeared in numerous films and was once described by Harry Belafonte as “the single most powerful woman in the United States”.

With her rich contralto voice, Jackson was hailed as the “Queen of Gospel”, and her influence crossed musical genres from Rock to Pop, Jazz to Blues, and influenced Elvis Presley, Nina Simone and Aretha Franklin.

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