Singing for Equality: Musicians of the Civil Rights Era

Nomad. (Civil Rights Era). Nov. 2020. 112p. Tr $22.95. ISBN 9781619309203; pap. $15.95. ISBN 9781619309234.
Gr 6-9–This collective biography spotlights five iconic musicians whose careers influenced the Civil Rights Movement. Each chapter discusses the highlights of the artist’s career, how their music impacted the quest for equal rights, and how the era affected their careers. Bob Dylan, Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers, Sam Cooke, James Brown, and Nina Simone were prominent figures in the time period and galvanized change in small and large measures. The chapters are easy to read and provide an accessible narrative. The text includes bright colors and many photographs. QR codes link to YouTube videos that feature songs of each singer and offer questions to keep readers thinking. Activities and projects listed at the end of each chapter help to extend classroom discussion. A table of contents, a glossary, an index, and further reading are included. The layout and design features are almost like a textbook.
VERDICT This title will appeal to young readers who want to further their interest in music or the civil rights era. A worthwhile purchase.

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