Large crowds paid tribute to internationally-famed negro Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson earlier this week in Chicago.
GTV & CV INT. crowds past coffin (4 shots)
GV INT. Chapel
GV Massed crowd in theatre (Mrs. Coretta King speaking over) (SOUND ON FILM)
CV Aretha Franklin singing at microphone (laid over scenes of mourners responding)
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 3: (MRS. CORETTA KING) "In her own unique way she sang a universal language, for she expressed in her songs the joys, the sorrows, yes.... the desire for the freedom of her people."
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Background: Large crowds paid tribute to internationally-famed negro Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson earlier this week in Chicago. The body of Miss Jackson, who died a week ago, was seen by a constant stream of mourners as it lay in state in the Greater Salem Baptist Church where she had sung regularly before becoming famous. On Tuesday (1 Feb) more than six thousand friends, dignitaries, and admirers crowded into the Sark Modern Theatre for an emotional but mainly joyful funeral service. The service included an address by Mrs. Coretta King, and Gospel songs by Aretha Franklin.