And He was asking him, "What is your name?" And he said to Him, "My name is Multitude; for we are many."
From gospel arises Mahalia Jackson (1911-1972). Loud and clear. She lived the life she sang about in her song. Her career was faithfully, pun intended, dedicated to her (Christian) beliefs.
In 1956, Jackson sang in Montgomery to raise money for the “bus boycott”, despite death threats. Friends with Martin Luther King, she often joined Civil Rights Movement demos and she sang “I been ´buked and I been scorned” in Washington 1963, right before King´s “I have a dream” speech.
I’m gonna stand for right and I always shun the wrong
If I’m in the crowd, If I’m alone
On the streets or in my home
I’m gonna live the life I sing about in my song