Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan, illustrated by John Holyfield (HarperCollins, 2015).

In honor of Black History Month, I am sharing this wonderful book about how Mahalia Jackson became the Queen of Gospel. Born in New Orleans, Mahalia had a hard life growing up, but she always loved singing in church. She saved up money working as a maid so that she could move to Chicago and sing in more churches, sometimes for a little money, sometimes not. Eventually she got a record deal and her music was played on the radio. From there, she sang on TV, in movies, at Carnegie Hall, and for presidents and other world leaders. Mahalia even performed at the March on Washington, right before Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech. 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.

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