Mahalia Jackson (Young Patriots Series): Gospel Singer and Civil Rights Champion

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“Haley” Jackson grew up in poverty on the levees of New Orleans, hunting alligators along the Mississippi River for food and gathering driftwood for fuel with her brother Peter. But every Sunday, when her father preached at the Baptist Church, young Mahalia sang proudly in the choir—the youngest member at age 5! Lively illustrations and engaging text pull young readers into the world in which Mahalia Jackson grew up. Whether constructing her doll’s braid from blades of grass, stuffing a cornhusk mattress, or adjusting to life in her Aunt Duke’s

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“Haley” Jackson grew up in poverty on the levees of New Orleans, hunting alligators along the Mississippi River for food and gathering driftwood for fuel with her brother Peter. But every Sunday, when her father preached at the Baptist Church, young Mahalia sang proudly in the choir—the youngest member at age 5! Lively illustrations and engaging text pull young readers into the world in which Mahalia Jackson grew up. Whether constructing her doll’s braid from blades of grass, stuffing a cornhusk mattress, or adjusting to life in her Aunt Duke’s home after her mother died, young Mahalia displayed the persistence and courage that foreshadowed the civil rights champion and world-famous gospel singer she would become. Working as a maid and a laundress, she always found the time for her passion—singing her special brand of music known as gospel in churches. She met the challenge of being black in what was largely a white entertainment world, overcoming poverty and prejudice and pioneering the way for all aspiring African Americans who succeeded her. Singing for royalty, presidents, and working closely with her friend Martin Luther King, Haley never forgot her early days on the levee and she found special joy encouraging young African-Americans to follow their ambitions.

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“(The Young Patriots series) is . . . an outstanding contribution to children’s literature. Patria Press has successfully reintroduced America’s past with this fine series for children.”—The Review Zone
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After a childhood of poverty filled with hard work Mahalia grew to know one thing for certain and that was that she was meant to sing her music her own way from her heart. With amazing strength and perseverance Mahalia Jackson stuck to her beliefs and chose her own path. Because she did not sway in her faith that gospel was "her kind of music" she became known as the "Queen of Gospel" and became famous the world over for her powerful voice. This book is volume seven in the "Young Patriot Series" and focuses on Mahalia Jackson's childhood in New Orleans and her young adulthood in Chicago. Recommended as a resource for libraries. 2003 (orig. 1974), Patria Press, Ages 8 to 12.
—Trina Heidt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781882859382
  • Publisher: Patria Press, Inc
  • Publication date: 6/1/2003
  • Series: Young Patriots Series
  • Edition description: Revised edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Montrew Dunham is the author of James Whitcomb Riley, Young Poet and Langston Hughes, Young Black Poet. She lives in Downers Grove, Illinois. Cathy Morrison is the illustrator of Ignacio's Chair and the Young Patriots series. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Picturebookartists.org. She lives in Denver, Colorado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2012

    The best book

    My name is Mahalia but i thought it was good because it does teach history very good

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