Nomination: Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

Nolan, Nina. Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens. Illus. by John Holyfield. 2015. 32p. Amistad/HarperCollins, $17.99 (978-0-06-087944-0). Gr.K-3.

Mahalia Jackson was one of the greatest gospel singers to ever live, which is why she is referred to as the “Queen of Gospel.” Although gaining massive success as a gospel singer in the 1950s and 60s,  Mahalia encountered racist backlash; which inspired her to join the Civil Rights Movement. One of Mahalia’s greatest performances was when she sang at the March on Washington. Mahalia Jackson’s story is one of perseverance in the face of adversity.

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