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Examining The 'Precious' Hymn That Inspired MLK

Mahalia Jackson
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It was Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite song: a hymn called "Take My Hand, Precious Lord." It was Mahalia Jackson's performance of this song that captured the heart of Dr. King, with her soulful delivery of the simple, blues-inspired tune. She would often join him at demonstrations to perform the song, meant to inspire civil rights activists and followers as they journeyed forward in their fight. And on April 4, 1968, Dr. King's last words were a request for this song.

Callie Crossley speaks to two local scholars about the significance of "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and how it reflected the actions and message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the civil rights movement and those who fought for equality.


BONUS: Listen to the songs we discussed in this segment in their entirety below!



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