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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 08/27/2011

Music of the Movement: Precious Lord, Take My Hand

One of the songs Rev. Martin L. King requested from the legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson or the young daughter of the famous preacher, Rev. C.L. Franklin, was “Precious Lord, Take My Hand.”

Aretha Franklin, known as the Queen of Soul for her vocal power but also an accomplished pianist and a rousing gospel singer, said in recent weeks that she would sing King’s favorite at the dedication of his memorial. The official dedication has now been postponed.
Dr. Martin Luther King (C) leads thousands of civil rights demonstrators on the last leg of the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

This selection continues a survey of songs sung during the Civil Rights era.

Here’s Aretha singing “Precious Lord...”

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