August 28, 1963 is famous for Martin Luther King, Jr.’s civil right march on Washington but right by his side was legendary gospel vocalist Mahalia Jackson. She play a direct role in making his speech into one of the most memorable and meaningful in American history.
Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972) was already internationally famous as the Queen of Gospel and she there for the event that launched the Civil Rights movement, the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott. This is where she first met and befriended the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whom she would support throughout his career.
Mahalia Jackson was Martin Luther King, Jr.’s favorite opening act. On August 28, 1963, as she took to the podium before an audience of 250,000 to give the last musical performance before Dr. King’s speech, Dr. King himself requested…
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