LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING by James Weldon Johnson

LIFT EVERY VOICE AND SING

A Pictoral Tribute to the Negro National Anthem
Age Range: 6 & up

KIRKUS REVIEW

Celebrating the centenary of the song frequently dubbed “The Negro National Anthem,” this matches those stirring lyrics to equally heartfelt black-and-white photos. Ranging from family groups, choirs, and crowds to a whip-scarred back, wrinkled hands and a tear-streaked cheek. Included are civil-rights marchers, cotton pickers, portraits formal and candid, the famous, and the unknown. The photographs are so well chosen and so thoughtfully laid out that it’s a shame more recognition is not given to the book’s designer. Introduced with a personal and historical note by Henrietta M. Smith, capped by James Weldon Johnson’s brother’s simple musical arrangement, it’s a fitting tribute to a long struggle. Read it—better yet, sing it—to children, and let them pore over the powerful pictures. (musical notation, photo credits) (Picture book. 6+)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2001
ISBN: 0-7868-0626-5
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Disney-Jump at the Sun
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2000




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