Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

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Born in New Orleans, Mahalia began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement. Her recording of the song “Move on Up a Little Higher” sold... read more
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Born in New Orleans, Mahalia began singing at an early age and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history, melding her music with the civil rights movement. Her recording of the song “Move on Up a Little Higher” sold millions of copies, skyrocketing her to international fame and gave her the opportunity to perform at diverse settings including in front of a racially integrated audience at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball. An active supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, Jackson sang at numerous rallies, including the March on Washington in 1963 alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in hopes that her music would encourage and inspire racial equality.

Original Release

04/03/2021

Cast

Amira Anderson Young Beautician
Max Boateng Witness #1
Cassandra Bolinski Witness #2
Danielle Brooks Mahalia Jackson
Wolsey Brooks Sigmund Galloway
Jason Burkart Gas Attendant
Ivy Charles Witness #3
Neil Charlesworth Store Owner
Tom Cryan Recording Engineer
Rob Demery Martin Luther King
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Kenny Leon

Writers

Bettina Gilois, Todd Kreidler

Cast

Amira Anderson Young Beautician
Max Boateng Witness #1
Cassandra Bolinski Witness #2
Danielle Brooks Mahalia Jackson
Wolsey Brooks Sigmund Galloway
Jason Burkart Gas Attendant
Ivy Charles Witness #3
Neil Charlesworth Store Owner
Tom Cryan Recording Engineer
Rob Demery Martin Luther King
Jason Dirden Russell
Taylor Edwardson Kathryn
Emma Flemington Audition Pianist
Marc Gaudet Director
Jay Hindle Agent
Marci T. House Aunt Duke
Spencer Irwin Organist
Patrice Jefferson A Supporter
Jamall Johnson Ike
Joaquina Kalukango Mildred

Producers

Kenny Leon Executive Producer
Linda Berman Executive Producer
Robin Roberts Executive Producer
Moshe Bardach Producer
Charles Cooper Producer
Allen Lewis Producer

Editors

Melissa Kent

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