8 of Mahalia Jackson’s Most Influential Moments

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Mahalia Jackson occupied an unusual place in 20th century American culture. Born into poverty in New Orleans, she became a wealthy, beloved recording artist despite the limited opportunities allocated to Black women, her refusal to perform anything besides gospel standards and a willingness to wear her political affiliations on her sleeve. Here are eight moments in which the “Queen of Gospel” showcased her formidable influence beyond the recording studio:

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