Jackson, with her powerhouse voice, overcame impoverished beginnings as a girl growing up in New Orleans. At the height of her career Mahalia was a global sensation and civil rights activist. Jackson died in 1972 at 60 years old and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
The movie is set to be released in December.
Do you think Fantasia can do Mahalia justice?
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