"We Shall Overcome," a song closely associated with the civil rights movement in the United States is now the subject of a vibrant picture book. The book traces the timeline of the song, starting with its origins in the days of slavery in the American south, and captures the struggles of African-Americans to achieve equal rights. From the Civil War to the Freedom Rides and lunch counter sit-ins, to the signing of the Civil Rights and Voting Rights acts, to the election of the first black president, We Shall Overcome brilliantly illustrates a people's yearning for freedom from repression.
Illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton. pp. 32. Published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion, 2013)
Joanne Zienty is a school librarian, teacher, reader, writer and published author who firmly believes there are so many good books and not enough time to read them!