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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.
By United Press International

New Orleans celebrates Mahalia Jackson

NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A celebration of the centennial of singer Mahalia Jackson's birth is putting the spotlight on Jackson's ties to New Orleans.
Blige performs on 'Precious' soundtrack

Blige performs on 'Precious' soundtrack

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. recording stars Mary J. Blige, Queen Latifah and Mahalia Jackson perform on the soundtrack for the film "Precious," Lionsgate Music said.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Oct. 26, 2008.
By United Press International

Empty church collapses in New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, June 24 (UPI) -- The upper floor of a New Orleans church that has been unused since Hurricane Katrina in 2005 collapsed Tuesday, spilling bricks into a neighbor's living room.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Oct. 26, 2007.
By United Press International

Singers pay tribute to gospel great

CHICAGO, July 9 (UPI) -- American gospel music icon Thomas Dorsey, who wrote songs that comforted listeners for decades, was honored in Chicago in a tribute near his old church.

R&B great Ruth Brown dies at 78

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- Ruth Brown, who began a six-decade career by becoming the best-selling black woman singer of the early 1950s, died Friday in Las Vegas at 78.

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UPI almanac for Thursday, Oct. 26, 2006.
By United Press International

Historic Chicago church destroyed by fire

CHICAGO, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- A historic Chicago church -- dubbed the birthplace of gospel music -- has been consumed in a blaze thought to be caused by accident.

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Today is Wednesday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2005 with 66 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Oct. 26, the 300th day of 2004 with 66 to follow.
By United Press International

New Orleans tries Voodoo to build tourism

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Macedonian filmmaker Julija Naskova came to New Orleans to screen her film "Kitchen Bird Cocoon" at the inaugural New Orleans Media Experience and found herself
BY JOHN SWENSON

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Today is Sunday, Oct. 26, the 299th day of 2003 with 66 to follow.
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Mahalia Jackson (October 26, 1911 – January 27, 1972) was an African-American gospel singer. With her powerful contralto voice, Mahalia Jackson became one of the most influential gospel singers in the world and is the first Queen of Gospel Music. She recorded about 35 albums (mostly for Columbia Records) during her career, and her 45 rpm records included a dozen "golds"—million-sellers.

Born as Mahala Jackson and nicknamed "Halie", Jackson grew up in the Black Pearl section of the Carrollton neighborhood of Uptown New Orleans, Louisiana. The three-room dwelling on Pitt Street housed thirteen people and a dog. This included Little Mahala (named after her aunt, whom the family called Aunt Duke), her brother Roosevelt, whom they called Peter, and her mother Charity. Several aunts and cousins lived in the house as well. Aunt Mahala was given the nickname "Duke". When Peter was born Halie suffered from genu varum, or "bowed legs." The doctors wanted to perform surgery by breaking Halie's legs, but one of the resident aunts opposed it. So Halie's mother would rub her legs down with greasy dishwater. The condition never stopped young Halie from performing her dance steps for the white woman her mother and Aunt Bell cleaned house for.

Her father John Jackson was a Baptist minister who also earned a living as a barber and a stevedore, while her mother Charity worked as both a maid and a laundress. Mahalia was five when her mother, Charity, died, leaving her family to decide who would raise Halie and her brother. Aunt Duke assumed this responsibility, and the children were forced to work from sunup to sundown. Aunt Duke would always inspect the house using the "white glove" method. If the house was not cleaned properly, Halie was beaten. If one of the other relatives was unable to do their chores, or clean at their job, Halie or one of her cousins was expected to perform that particular task. School was hardly an option. Halie loved to sing and church is where she loved to sing the most. Halie’s Aunt Bell told her that one day she would sing in front of royalty, a prediction that would eventually come true. Mahalia Jackson began her singing career at the local Mount Mariah Baptist Church. She was baptized in Mississippi by Mt. Moriah's pastor, the Rev. E. D. Lawrence, then went back to the church to "receive the right hand of fellowship."

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