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Mahalia Jackson

The Queen of Gospel, dubbed by Harry Belafonte to be "the single most powerful Black woman in the United States" in the 1970s, got her start in a New Orleans neighborhood appropriately called the Black Pearl. Though the internationally-renowned singer moved to Chicago at age 16, she's still celebrated in her native city with a state-of-the-art performance venue named in her honor. 
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