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Her family’s strict religious attitudes forbade the profane rhythms of popular music, but Jackson overheard Bessy Smith on her cousin’s record player, and became an ardent fan. Despite this admiration, Jackson decided that blues singing was not for her. “Blues are the songs of despair,” she said. “Gospel...

"I been 'buked and I been scorned/ I'm gonna tell my Lord/ When I get home/ Just how long you've been treating me wrong," she sang in a full, rich contralto to the throng of 200,000 people as a preface to Dr. King's "I've got a dream" speech.


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