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Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

NR 1hr 46m

Born in New Orleans, Mahalia Jackson began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement. Her recording of the song “Move on Up a Little Higher” sold millions of copies, skyrocketing her to international fame and gave her the opportunity to perform at diverse settings including in front of a racially integrated audience at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and at John F. Kennedy's inaugural ball. An active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackson sang at numerous rallies, including the March on Washington in 1963 alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in hopes that her music would encourage and inspire racial equality.

Starring: Danielle Brooks, Robin Roberts, Kenny Leon, Olivia Washington, Jason Dirden, Joaquina Kalukango, Rob Demery

Directed by: Kenny Leon

Written by: Bettina Gilois, Todd Kreidler

Produced by: Danielle Brooks, Kenny Leon

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Q&A: Danielle Brooks, Linda Berman