Mahalia Jackson’s legacy celebrated in new film

LOS ANGELES — She was the voice of a era, a voice that formed the civil legal rights motion.

Mahalia Jackson, regarded as the “Queen of Gospel,” is being remembered by an approaching attribute movie by writer and producer Ericka Nicole Malone.

What You Need To Know

  • Mahalia Jackson was regarded as the Queen of Gospel
  • Jackson’s legacy is celebrated in the approaching element film “Keep in mind Me”
  • Govt producer Ericka Nicole Malone wishes to make confident Black female voices are heard

As Malone toured a historic bus featured in her movie that as soon as housed protesters for the duration of the civil rights motion, Malone discussed how Jackson — the girl that inspired Martin Luther King Jr. to share his “I have a dream” speech — warrants the spotlight.

“She was a woman who didn’t give up,” stated Malone. “She was a girl who understood her electricity. I think a whole lot of moments, what is scary for all of us is when we know there is one thing big for us to do, and it’s so overwhelming, and you just can’t consider it’s actually you, that you limit the duty. You reduce the lesson or the function that God has for you to do, and she comprehended what she experienced to do.”

Performed by Grammy-profitable singer Ledisi, the characteristic film entitled “Remember Me” is slated to be introduced this fall. Malone mentioned that the film’s release is vital to assistance continue on to empower Black woman voices.

“I stand on the backs of these women of all ages,” she stated. “And it’s crucial for me to not just converse about their stories, but to reinvent them, to try to remember them, to make confident other individuals keep in mind them.”

The at any time-important function of Martin Luther King Jr., who was a close to and pricey friend of Jackson, is currently being played by actor Columbus Limited. On set, he is reworked from head to toe.

“It is a responsibility for the reason that Martin is not just some guy, right,” mentioned Limited. “He is the cause why I have the suitable, we have the ideal, to do a large amount of points. He broke down barriers not only for African Us residents, but for women’s legal rights, and a lot of actions that transpired just after it.”

Ultimately, Malone hopes the film will drop mild on the voices of gals who have been usually overshadowed and stimulate other women of all ages to speak up.

“I have experienced so many youthful girls attain out to me and say they are motivated, and it can be generally since I just bounce and I really don’t feel about, ‘Oh wait, I’m not this human being. I’m not that person,'” Malone reported. “I consider I’m God’s daughter. So my faith has been a pivotal component. I believe that that God’s with me. I don’t are living in fear. I walk in it.”

Malone included that she will keep on to walk boldly in her inventive journey of justice.