Tag Archives: Mahalia Jackson

Last Sunday, John Legend and Common’s collaborative work “Glory,” the soulful gospel-rap blend from the Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma, won the Golden Globe for “Best Original Song.” Yesterday, it also picked up an Academy Award nomination in the same category—and coincidentally, it happened to be the day that would have been King’s 86th birthday.

Legend and Common are among many artists whose music has been inspired by King’s activism, such as Stevie Wonder, Queen and U2. Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr.One of my favorite stories about Martin Luther King Jr. involves music. Or rather, comes back to an interaction between him and legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson during King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Continue reading