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Because They Marched by Russell Freedman | SLJ Audio Review

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redstarFREEDMAN, Russell. Because They Marched: The People’s Campaign for Voting Rights That Changed America. 2 CDs. 1:47 hrs. Dreamscape. Jan. 2017. $29.99 ISBN 9781520046877. 1 MP3-CD.

Gr 7 Up –This is the powerful account of the events in 1965, in Selma, AL, that influenced a larger movement to win voting rights for black citizens across the country. With reverence and honesty, Freedman brings to light the pure courage and tenacity needed to overcome the fear wrought by the physical, mental, and social reprisals that resulted from attempts to register to vote and also from decisions to stand up and be heard. A masterful combination of narrative sprinkled with historical quotes provides a succinct tale that packs a powerful punch. Performer Rodney Gardiner draws from his dramatic roots to enliven the text and its varying speakers with a near-flawless mixture of authentic voices. VERDICT An essential purchase for collections designed for upper elementary through adult. Curse words and derogatory racial epithets are heard sparingly in quotes from historical figures.–Lisa Youngblood, Harker Heights Public Library, TX

This review was published in the School Library Journal December 2017 issue.

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