Mahalia Jackson rose from Deep South poverty to world
renown as a passionate gospel singer. Closely associated
with the black civil rights movement, Miss Jackson was
chosen to sing at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s
on Washington rally at the Lincoln Memorial in 1963.
"I been 'buked and I been scorned/ I'm gonna tell my Lord/
When I get home/ Just how long you've been treating me
wrong," she sang in a full, rich contralto to the throng of
200,000 people as a preface to Dr. King's "I've got a
speech. That was truly a historic occasion.
The song, which Dr. King had requested, came as much
Miss Jackson's heart as from her vocal cords