Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing" Inspired Generations
by Kelly Starling Lyons ill by Keith Mallett
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us.
It is a common occurrence for me to cry when I finish reading a book, it is uncommon for my heart to swell and tears begin to spill down my cheeks from the very first page. Sing a Song: "How Lift Every Voice and Sing" Inspired Generations had me instantly reaching for tissues.
Kelly Starling Lyons has penned a soul-stirring recital of the Black National Anthem's story. Inspired by her family's history, she traces the song through five generations. Beginning with a birthday celebration of Abraham Lincoln, the anthem is an integral part of the family. The music journeys with the family through the Great Migration, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement and culminates with opening of the National Museum of African American History.
An Author's Note provides helpful background information.
Back straight, head high, heart and mouth open
Keith Mallett exquisitely captures the hope and resolve of individuals as they sing. A master of his craft, the images of these portraits of faith, determination, and joy are indelibly imprinted on my heart.
Both Sing a Song and Going Down Home With Daddy, create a deep personal bond with readers. These are stories which nourish the soul.
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