by Mary C. Turck
Pete Seeger said, "The civil rights movement was the singingest movement I've ever known. ... I'm not the only one who believes that songs may save this human race."
Blending memorable music with an historical context, this exploration provides a fresh perspective on the civil rights movement by showing how certain songs served as its voice. From the Chicago Children's Choir to the SNCC Freedom Singers, this resource examines the churches and groups that worked to counteract segregation, transforming traditional spirituals to fit the struggle for civil rights. The galvanizing roles of numerous songs are discussed in detail, such as "Lift Every Voice And Sing;" "Precious Lord, Take My Hand;" "Wade In The Water;" and "We Shall Overcome." An accompanying CD, Songs on the Road to Freedom, features the Chicago Children's Choir performing the songs discussed throughout the book.