Sunday, December 8, 2013

"We Shall Overcome"

New from Disney-Hyperion: We Shall Overcome: The Story of a Song by Debbie Levy.

About the book, from the publisher:

It only take a few words to create change. It only takes a few people to believe that change is possible. And when those people sing out, they can change the world. “We Shall Overcome” is one of their songs.

This book tells the story of this anthem of the civil rights movement. The story begins with the song’s roots in America’s era of slavery, moves through Emancipation and the Jim Crow period, reaches a crescendo in the civil rights era, and continues to the present day. But the story of “We Shall Overcome” isn’t only about a song that has come to represent the struggle for equality, freedom, peace, and justice around the world. It’s also about how the act of singing and the process of sharing songs are part of what defines us as human beings.

Collage-style art by Vanessa Brantley-Newton pays tribute to the layers upon layers of history, and the voices upon voices who are the story of “We Shall Overcome.”
Learn more about the book and author at Debbie Levy's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue