Many moons ago, I remember sitting on my grandmother’s couch and listening to her radio on Saturday mornings. Before I could watch any cartoons, we had to listen to the melodies of the gospel greats. From the Mighty Clouds of Joy to choirs from across the nation, one singer in particular had a name I heard often as a child. Her name, Mahalia Jackson, also known to some as the “Queen of Gospel”. One of the most memorable times of her career happened when she was selected by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to prelude his infamous “I Have a Dream Speech” in 1963. The powerful footage is featured below:
I get chills watching this…WOW what an AMAZING moment in history! It’s beautiful to see so many people unite for equal rights and justice for all, AND to see members of the crowd give praise to the Lord for allowing all to be possible!
One voice made a powerful effect on the nation that continues to make a lasting impression on the world, even almost 50 years since! This should be encouragement and a reminder to us all that we must lift and use our voices for good in this world, we each have special contributions to make each day to make the world a better place!
If you’d like to learn more about Mahalia Jackson, you can start by clicking here!
Here’s Mary Mary, a contemporary gospel duo, singing the song for the United Negro College Fund (the song continues to be used as inspiration, upliftment and encouragement and performed for causes to help others in society):