We Shall Overcome: A Song That Changed the World

Stuart Stotts, Author, Terrance Cummings, Illustrator, Pete Seeger, Foreword by , illus. by Terrance Cummings. Clarion $18 (72p) ISBN 978-0-547-18210-0

This book on the subject of the storied anthem “We Shall Overcome” traces its African and Christian influences through its evolution as a '60s-era protest song. Photographs and bold clip art–style illustrations capture the turmoil of the civil rights movement, with particular focus on the music that helped inspire and unite its proponents: Martin Luther King Jr., the Freedom Singers, and Joan Baez, among others. Bringing the song's significance to a poignant full circle, a 2007 photograph features then Senator Obama joining others in Alabama, to commemorate the Selma to Montgomery march. A thoughtful examination of a song that, as Stotts writes, “seems to tap into our deepest emotions.” Ages 8–12. (Jan.)

Reviewed on: 11/30/2009
Release date: 01/01/2010
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