Let Freedom Sing is a new book this season about the Civil Rights Movement. Vanessa Newton is the author and illustrator of this striking picture book.
The story follows the major events of the Movement where individuals let their lights shine, beginning with Rosa Parks and ending with Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing the Civil Rights Act. At the end the author also includes the milestone moment when the United States elected its first African-American president, Barack Obama.
As Arkansans, these Little Rock Nine are dear to my heart. I think I have read every book published by or about any of these nine precious souls. I am reminded of their courage every time I drive by Central High School or the monument at the Arkansas Capital in their honor.
Along with important historical dates, the author illustrates some of the common inequalities of the day with the lyrics of the spiritual, This Little Light Of Mine.
Ruby Bridges let her light shine.
There is so much joy and hope in this illustration of the March on Washington in 1963. It might be my favorite.
At the end of the story, people of all different races are letting their lights shine together.
With its happy illustrations and sweet song lyrics, this book is a wonderful way to introduce this time period to really young readers.
I was recently reminded on Rage Against the Minivan how important it is to have picture books in our homes that have images of all different races. Let Freedom Sing would be a beautiful addition to any child’s library.