Mahalia Jackson

By Dalia Garcia


  • Born October 26,1911 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Married Issac Hockenhull and later divorced him two years later.
  • Mahalia started making recordings in the 1930's.
  • In 1947, she was a success with the song "Move on up a Little Higher"
  • Appeared on many shows in 1956
  • She was also a friend of MLK and a civil rights activist.
  • Mahalia gave her final concert in 1971 in Germany.
  • Died of heart attack on January 27, 1972.

Why shes famous

  • Mahalia was a famous gospel singer.
  • She was also on TV shows and movies.
  • Civil rights activist
  • Known as the Queen of Gospel


  • When she started to sing professionally, she added an "I" to her first name, changing Mahala to Mahalia.
  • In 1997, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame chose her as an honoree.
  • Martin Luther King Jr described her voice as something you hear "not once in century, but once in a millennium."
  • Was considered the Queen Of Gospel
  • Appeared in the Carnegie Hall, dubbed the first gospel singer to achieve that honor.