by Russell Freedman
Marian Anderson was one of the great singers of the mid-20th century. She performed all over the country and across Europe, and was heralded for her beautiful voice and singing style. She was also African American. Marian didn’t want her race to become a factor in her singing, but when she was barred from performing in the biggest concert hall in DC because of it, it became one. This book tells about her struggle to share the gift of her voice with any who wanted to hear it. It tells how she broke many boundaries and was the result many segregation rules changed in DC, and other places in the country.
Marian Anderson was above all else a performer. She wasn’t political in nature, but later in life became so. This book tells her story and about how above all else she wanted to sing. It is not a book strictly on the civil rights movement, but discusses how one woman who was fairly removed from it due to her growing up in the Northern states and living in non-segregated areas became a fairly prominent example of someone who had risen above a racial stereotype. It’s a well written book which will interest tweens who are interested in civil rights of personal achievement.