FREEDOM SONG by Mary C. Turck


Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil Rights
Age Range: 9 & up
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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)

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-55652-773-9
Page count: 144pp
Publisher: Chicago Review
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 15th, 2008