Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory

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Released 2003

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Director:
Jeff Scheftel
Released:
2003
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Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory documents the life of America's queen of gospel music. The video features live and rare performances of Mahalia Jackson and an ensemble cast of memorable figures. Director Jeff Scheftel opens the film with Paul Winfield narrating Mahalia's life's story. He starts her tale recounting her humble upbringings, working as a maid in New Orleans, LA, and he segues to her rise to stardom, which brought thirty years of gospel music to popular radio from 1940 to 1970. Scheftel then digs into television archives to find Ms. Jackson performing at famous events for important people, including Richard Nixon, Martin Luther King, Ed Sullivan and John F. Kennedy. The Reverend Jesse Jackson appears later in the film with commentary about the day Mahalia sang, "How I got over," during the March on Washington. The reverend also reflects on when the singer sang, "Holy, Holy, Holy," during Martin Luther King's funeral. Her former manager, George Avakian, and good friend, Studs Terkel, stop by to talk about Mahalia's contribution to the Civil Rights Movement in America. The video has more than 30 black-and-white clips of Mahalia singing gospel.moreless
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