(SMH) Vic Alhadeff—Mahalia Jackson’s Much unnoticed Role in Martin Luther King’s “Dream” speech

Posted by Kendall Harmon

If anyone warrants a footnote in history, it's Mahalia Jackson. If anyone deserves a modicum of recognition for what transpired before 250,000 people crammed at the foot of Washington's Lincoln Memorial on a sweltering afternoon 50 years ago, it's surely Mahalia Jackson.

Yet her story remains unsung, her involvement in one of the greatest speeches of all time unheralded.

Jackson was a gospel singer blessed with a contralto voice, album sales in the millions. Yet she was more than that - an activist who lent her formidable presence to the awakening civil rights movement and was described as ''the most powerful black woman in the US''.

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Posted August 26, 2013 at 6:45 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Adam 12 wrote:

It is a shame but I believe the speech has fallen off most people’s radar because the family enforces a copyright on it.

August 26, 2:26 pm | [comment link]
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