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Ledisi to star as Mahalia Jackson in ‘Selma’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ledisi has been cast as the ‘Queen of Gospel’ Mahalia Jackson in Ava DuVernay’s new MLK drama, Selma.

According to BlackFilm.com, Selma  chronicles the march African-Americans made from Selma to Montgomery in 1965 in order to gain voting rights. The film already boasts an all-star cast including David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and veteran actress Lorraine Toussaint as activist Amelia Boynton (Robinson).

Jackson used her voice as an instrument of hope during the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement. She worked very closely with Dr. King and Ralph David Abernathy and was even contracted by them to sing at a rally to raise money for the bus boycott. Jackson also performed at the famous March on Washington in 1963 and at King’s funeral in 1968 after his assassination.

Selma  marks Ledisi’s third major motion picture.  She first appeared on the big screen in Leatherhead  in 2008 and Leave it on the Floor  in 2011. She is currently on tour with The Robert Glasper Experiment promoting her latest album, The Truth.

As previously reported, Selma  is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Oprah Winfrey along with Bradford Young serving as the film’s Director of Photographer.

What are thoughts about Ledisi playing gospel music legend, Mahalia Jackson?

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Ray Cornelius is an entertainment news blogger and media personality. He is also the host of Jazz 91.9 WCLK's arts and entertainment show "UPFRONT." He lives in Atlanta.

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