Treasured Moments In Black History: Mahalia Jackson
Hope has a strange way of shining. It’s most evident in difficult times. This is Treasured Moments In Black History.
Mahalia Jackson was more than a Gospel singer. She serves as a reminder that God’s will is often filled with twists and turns.
She was born of humble beginnings in 1911 in New Orleans. After the death of her mother, she moved to Chicago with her aunt. This aunt was very strict and determined to set a moral pace for young Mahalia.
Those years would impact her choice to be a dedicated singer for Jesus Christ. Finally, her big break came in 1948 when she recorded the song “Move On Up A Little Higher.” This song’s demand was so high that it sold over two million copies in less than six months.
In 1950, she became the first Gospel singer to appear at Carnegie Hall. In 1961, Mahalia had the great honor of singing at President John Kennedy’s inauguration. During her travels, Mahalia met Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mahalia became involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
One of her most memorable performances took place in 1963 at the March On Washington. She sang the soul stirring song “I’ve Been Buked and I’ve Been Scorned” right before Dr. King gave his historic “I Have A Dream Speech.”
On January 27th, 1972, Mahalia left this world to be with her Lord. Her legacy inspires us to serve Christ faithfully in big and small tasks.
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In every generation, God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things!
Treasured Moments in Black History by Moody Radio remembers the people and events in America that have shaped
history and inspired lives. By looking back and highlighting these moments, you will be inspired,
enriched and encouraged in your faith walk to make history for God’s kingdom.