Freedom Song: Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil Rights [NOOK Book]

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Blending memorable music with a historical context, this exploration provides a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement by showing how certain songs served as its voice. From the Chicago Children's Choir to the SNCC Freedom Singers, this resource examines the churches and groups that worked to counteract segregation, transforming traditional spirituals to fit the struggle for civil rights. The galvanizing roles of numerous songs are discussed in detail, such as "Lift Every Voice and Sing," "Precious Lord, ...
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Overview

Blending memorable music with a historical context, this exploration provides a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement by showing how certain songs served as its voice. From the Chicago Children's Choir to the SNCC Freedom Singers, this resource examines the churches and groups that worked to counteract segregation, transforming traditional spirituals to fit the struggle for civil rights. The galvanizing roles of numerous songs are discussed in detail, such as "Lift Every Voice and Sing," "Precious Lord, Take My Hand," "Wade in the Water," and "We Shall Overcome." An accompanying CD, Songs on the Road to Freedom, features the Chicago Children's Choir performing the songs discussed throughout the book.
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Editorial Reviews

abbylibrarian.com
An excellent book for research
New Pittsburgh Courier
For [children]-or for any adult who lived during the movement-this book is music to their eyes.
Soujourners and sojo.net
Great.
Skipping Stones

Provides a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement.

VOYA - Stacy Hayman
This book was written to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Chicago Children's Choir and to look back at the history of the civil rights movement through the choir. The choir was formed by a young Unitarian minister who was committed to including children of different ethnic and economic backgrounds into one cohesive group. The choir and those supporting them could be considered musical spokespeople of change. As a research tool, this book will appeal almost exclusively to teens who are interested in learning everything they can about the songs, singers, and songwriters of the civil rights movement. The constant switching from the present to the past and back makes the narrative more difficult to read as a complete story. The explanation of phrases, such as restrictive covenant, de facto, and plaintiff, is helpful for younger teens but clunky in execution. An accompanying CD of songs, recorded by the current Chicago Children's Choir, include popular and traditional songs that are meaningful in the movement's history. The songs are a pleasure to hear. The song appendix, an explanation of the songs on the Road to Freedom CD, and the resources (suggested Web sites, music, videos/DVDs, books) are the features that make this book a unique purchase. Reviewer: Stacy Hayman
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

Many books have been written about the Civil Rights Movement, but this one, with its unique focus, adds a new and captivating facet to the subject. Its premise is that music was the universal link that bound together the young and old, black and white as one, with a singular purpose: to seek equality and justice for all. The book is divided into chapters that represent the history of the Civil Rights Movement. "Sunday of Song," "Singing in the Churches," and "South Africa," for example, contain information about the factual events while including how the evolution of the music captured the mood and sentiment of the time. The importance of music in the lives of African Americans is described in depth: the instruments used; the types of songs, including field hollers, spirituals, gospel, and protest music, are examined for their impact on the movement in the past and up to the present day. The many clear, black-and-white photos give readers a real sense of the determination and courage that was shown. Images of the musicians and singers such as Woody Guthrie and Billie Holiday are shown alongside the songs they wrote. The accompanying CD allows students to internalize the words and their emotional impact as they listen. Overall, this informative and well-written book is an excellent addition to any collection.-Margaret Auguste, Franklin Middle School, Somerset, NJ

Kirkus Reviews
From the introduction, it seems that this will be the story of the Chicago Children's Choir, a world-renowned choir inspired by the civil-rights movement and committed to excellence, racial equality and social justice. However, the story of the choir is swamped by the in-depth coverage of the civil-rights movement. Though eloquently written, with song lyrics and well-chosen photographs breaking up the text, the volume misses an opportunity to tell the story from a fresh perspective. Still, Turck does a fine job of reminding readers about several important issues: "Segregation in the South was enforced by law. Segregation in the North was enforced by simple racism"; the civil-rights movement is not over, but continues today through the struggles by gay people, immigrants, students and many people around the world; African-Americans have struggled for civil rights since the days of slavery. An accompanying CD will inspire readers to learn more about how music went hand-in-hand with the struggle, and a wealth of websites, music and videos is listed in the bibliography. (song appendix, notes on the CD) (Nonfiction. 9 & up)
From the Publisher
"Unique focus . . . captivating . . . this informative and well-written book is an excellent addition to any collection."  —School Library Journal

"The Civil Rights movement was the singingest movement I've ever known. . . . I'm not the only one who believes that songs may save this human race."  —Pete Seeger

"For [children]—or for any adult who lived during the movement—this book is music to their eyes."  —New Pittsburgh Courier, Hudson Valley Parent, Madison Times, Santa Ynez Valley Journal, insightnews.com, Houston Style, Fairhope Courier, and Foley Onlooker

"An excellent book for research."  —abbylibrarian.com

"Great."  —Soujourners and sojo.net

"Provides a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement."  —Skipping Stones

"Plenty of interesting information . . . an attractive design."  —booklistonline.com

"It's hard to describe, in a few short paragraphs, all the goodness in Freedom Song . . . this book is music to [the] eyes."  —Bookworm Sez

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613743263
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • Age range: 9 years
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author

Mary C. Turck is the author of The Civil Rights Movement for Kids and Mexico & Central America: A Fiesta of Cultures, Crafts, and Activities. She is the editor of the Twin Cities Daily Planet and former editor of the award-winning Connection to the Americas. She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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