MAHALIA: Gospel Singer by Kay McDearmon

MAHALIA: Gospel Singer

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Mahalia's childhood in New Orleans where she was raised by a religious aunt, her work in the garden or catching crabs for dinner (and sometimes a small alligator for breakfast), or cutting wood from old barges for the fire. . . her move to another aunt in Chicago where she worked as a laundress but also raised dimes singing for enthusiastic congregations around town. . . her successful world tours and TV concert, then home to New Orleans where she still couldn't get a cold drink in a restaurant. . . her charity, civil rights support and rejection of bitterness. . . McDearmon tells the affecting story simply, with a minimum of static; the Washingtons' high contrast black and white illustrations crackle dramatically, though with less point.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1976
Page count: 46pp
Publisher: Dodd, Mead