Freedom Song

Freedom Song
Freedom Song

Freedom Song

Young Voices and the Struggle for Civil Rights
By Mary C. Turck


160 Pages, 11 x 8 1/2

Formats: PDF, Trade Paper, EPUB, Mobipocket

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ISBN 9781569763520

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Dec 2008)


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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, 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.


"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,, Houston Style, Fairhope Courier, and Foley Onlooker

"An excellent book for research." —

"Great." —Soujourners and

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

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

"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

Author Biography

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.