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Movin' On Up

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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
Hardback copy of "Movin' on up" with a paper book cover. Paper book cover is burgundy with red and blue type, reading [The warmly personal story of America's favorite gospel singer/Mahalia Jackson/ with Evan McLeod Wylie/Movin' on up]. Front cover has a depiction of Mahalia Jackson in a white short sleeve shirt, with white beads sewn in flower patterns. Jackson holds her hands clasped in front of her chest, looking up towards her right. The reverse of the paper book cover is white with burgundy type and contains a series of excerpted passages from the autobiography. The text begins thus: [MAHALIA JACKSON tells of her life and times.../"I don't believe in God myself," a reporter told me, "but when you/sing it gives me goose pimples." "That's not goose pimples," I/told him. "That's your soul speaking and you don't even know/ it's there!"]. Mahalia Jackson signed the first page (opposite interior cover) in blue ink, reading [May the Love of God keep/you always in Christ/Mahalia Jackson] in script. Interior pages are white with black type. 212 pages.
Written by
Mahalia Jackson, American, 1911 - 1972
Evan McLeod Wylie, American, born 1916
Subject of
Mahalia Jackson, American, 1911 - 1972
Signed by
Mahalia Jackson, American, 1911 - 1972
Published by
Hawthorn Books, Inc., American
Date
1968
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Paul & Claire Blumenfeld
Medium
Ink on paper, cardboard
Dimensions
H x W: 9 5/16 × 6 1/4 × 1 in. (23.7 × 15.9 × 2.5 cm)
Type
autobiographies
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Classification
Documents and Published Materials-Published Works
Object number
2014.141.2
Title
Autobiography of Mahalia Jackson
Topic
African American
Civil Rights
Gospel (Music)
Identity
Singers (Musicians)
Women
Place made
United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
© 1966 by Mahalia Jackson and Evan McLeod Wylie. Permission required for use.