The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award) –

A Voice Like Yours, Celebrated Conductor Arturo Toscanini Told Contralto Marian Anderson, Is Heard Once In A Hundred Years This Insightful Account Of The Great African American Vocalist Considers Her Life And Musical Career In The Context Of The History Of Civil Rights In This Country Drawing On Anderson S Own Writings And Other Contemporary Accounts, Russell Freedman Shows Readers A Singer Pursuing Her Art Despite The Social Constraints That Limited The Careers Of Black Performers In The S And S Though Not A Crusader Or A Spokesperson By Nature, Marian Anderson Came To Stand For All Black Artists And For All Americans Of Color When, With The Help Of Such Prominent Figures As Eleanor Roosevelt, She Gave Her Landmark Performance On The Steps Of The Lincoln Memorial, Which Signaled The End Of Segregation In The ArtsCarefully Researched, Expertly Told, And Profusely Illustrated With Contemporary Photographs, This Newbery Honor And Sibert Medal Winning Book Is A Moving Account Of The Life Of A Talented And Determined Artist Who Left Her Mark On Musical And Social History Through Her Story, Newbery Medal Winning Author Russell Freedman, One Of Today S Leading Authors Of Nonfiction For Young Readers, Illuminates The Social And Political Climate Of The Day And An Important Chapter In American History Notes, Bibliography, Discography, Index

10 thoughts on “The Voice That Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award)

  1. says:

    Freedman does what he does well, but it never rose above moderately interesting for me Marion Anderson was really good at singing She was discriminated against She sang at the Lincoln Memorial in protest I knew this going in, and it s still what I know after reading I learned some additional details, but nothing that changes my basic understanding of the story.

  2. says:

    So wow, its always the books you put off with a prejudicial sniff thinking you know what you will get when you open it that shocks you and admittedly shamefully that was me about this book sigh as I am nearing the end of my book journal I thought this one would be dull, hard to get through and a chore to read though I was not too familiar with Marian Anderson aside from the well known African American history fact of her being an accomplished singer, barrier breaking and powerful I had no idea of the woman she was, the friends she made and the impact her singing voice had on the entire nation and even internationally..the whole world loved her voice and wanted to hear it which was just astounding This book does not read like a stuffy fact and detail crammed non fiction text and while there are excerpts from Marian herself and others the book reads as a story on an amazing woman s life I was so intrigued by her voice s power I looked her up and spent half hour on Youtube reliving her operatic and true tone and performance Link to Marian Anderson s amazing singing voice and thanks to this book I also want to learn about Roland Hayes a successful African American singer who found fame in Europe and the feisty and impactful Eleanor Roosevelt who I had no idea gave so much to fight social injustices.Marian accomplishments and accolades pour through the book and you feel inspired and grateful for her life and experiences like being the first black concert artist to record Negro spirituals for a major recording company the first black vocalist to appear as a soloist with the Philharmonic Society at Philadelphia s prestigious Academy of Music one of America s most sought after singers and the first black soloist to perform in the Metropolitan Opera however even with all these firsts and great works this book revolved around one of her most profound and courageous singing performances and that was when she performed for over 75,000 people in front of the Lincoln Memorial in what was dubbed the Freedom concert in a protest over her being banned from D.C s premier concert venue Constitution Hall By singing for free and for equality of the races Marian Anderson became a large part of the Civil Rights movement towards segregation though she sang in 1939 and again during the other huge gathering for Justice with Dr King Jr at the historic Civil Rights March in 1963 With a life full of passion, adversity and perseverance this book told her story beautifully and the shy, tall, beautiful woman with the unforgettable voice made her mark on the world doing what she loved to do Great nonfiction read I will gladly recommend.

  3. says:

    I felt that this book was very inspirational and interesting Marian Anderson was not only an incredible singer, she was also an activist that fought for equal rights of African Americans The book walks you through Marian s life, including her singing career, personal life, and life as an activist I learned new facts not just about Marian Anderson, but also about the discrimination of the African American society in Marian s case, mostly discrimination in concert halls and performances I would recommend this book

  4. says:

    You lose a lot of time hating people.

  5. says:

    Marian Anderson was a pioneer as well as a remarkably talented artist I finished this book feeling inspired by her perseverance and an appreciation for her ability to challenge the status quo.

  6. says:

    Audio CD This is an amazing story, and a thorough biography of a remarkable woman For high school readers, the level of detail covers every aspect of Marian Anderson s life from childhood to retirement The details of contemporary society, politics and culture fill out the picture For musicians, especially singers, the musical detail is also thorough I recomend this highly for all readers interested in the advancement of civil rights The audio CD is not very strong, but after listening to When Marian Sang Pam Munoz Ryan, with recordings of Anderson singing , I kept hoping to hear the same in this audo CD Instead, the exerpts from the song lyrics quoted in the text are read by the narrator I was left flat when the narrator sang Anderson s version of the lyrics to America at the famous Lincoln Memorial Concert The narrator sings well, but after so many vivid verbal descriptions of her voice, and the drama building to that pivotal moment I needed to hear Marian Anderson However, the book is so strong overall that it certainly stands on its own as a text.Despite her international success, the stunning rejection of Anderson s request to perform at Constitution Hall in Washington D.C., and Anderson s ensuing triumph at the Lincoln Memorial instead, is well documented here and in other sources However, in this text, we are taken through the repercussions Eleanor Roosevelt s decision to quit the D.A.R in response, gained national attention Amazingly, it was another four years before the D.A.R invited Anderson to sing at Constitution Hall, and even then the organization tried to enforce a segregated seating policy for the audience Anderson insisted this be changed, and the Daughters relented alhtough they didn t officially change their policies for another 9 years, in 1952 And yet, in the coming years, in some parts of the US, Anderson still had to endure humiliating segregation, sometimes even forced to separate from her traveling companions and even the welcoming committees sent to greet her At each step of the way, she responded with dignity and poise, letting her singing carry her message The text includes many personal moments, such as Anderson s relationship with Eleanor Roosevelt, her opportunity to take her mother with her to sing for FDR at the White House, her long courtship and marriage to Orpheus Fisher, and her other accomplishments first African American to sing at the Met, US delegate to the United Nations, and performing at the historic Civil Rights march in Washington in 1963, when Martin Luther King delivered his I Have a Dream speech I also referred to the text along the way, and the photographic support and other quotes from friends, family and musicians are great The dramatic scene at the Lincoln Memorial in 1939 is given full spread treatment Lots of photos of all involved as well as the various locations Chapter notes, bibiliography and a discography offer the reader additional information Heroic life, great biography.

  7. says:

    You lose a lot of time, hating people Marian AndersonFreedman has compiled a truly eye opening book about a fabulous human being It s no surprise he won the Newbery Honor, given that he d already earned two Newbery distinctions prior to this book, with photobiographies about Abraham Lincoln and the Wright Brothers Here, Mr Freedman uses the same formula that has brought him success in the past, and to my delight it still works well.I was aware of Marian Anderson but didn t think much about her before She was just a name in history to me, really I had read a snippet of her autobiography in seventh grade, but that s about as far as I went with her This book not only introduced me to a wonderful person but also a great talent I ve had the privilege of listening to her stunning voice thanks to video recordings available on the Internet It s very evident how she was able to move her audience to tears through her singing her spirituals are particularly moving.But not only does Freedman introduce you to Marian s wonderful personality, he also portrays her as a key civil rights activist in the early 20th century Indeed, she made contributions to equal rights that should place her on the platform with Martin Luther King, Jr., and Rosa Parks She became the first African American to sing in New York s Metropolitan Opera and Washington DC s Constitution Hall, paving the way for other greats such as Leontyne Price In addition, she began to refuse performances in front of segregated audiences, asking that people of all races be allowed to sit wherever they pleased at her concerts In doing so, she made great strides against the hateful Jim Crow laws of her day.In conclusion, Freedman has written a special biography about a special person Read it if you get the chance It s deeply moving and the photographs add to the book s personal touch.

  8. says:

    I love stories of people who overcome frustrations and challenges that stand in their way on the path to accomplishing their dreams and ambitions I am even impressed by those who are able to overcome hardships and achieve success and yet are humble, kind, and outward focused despite the accolades they receive for their endurance Such a person was Marian Anderson, a famous vocalist who had been applauded by European royalty, welcomed at the White House, and adored by appreciative listeners in concert halls across the United States But because of her race, she was denied the right to sing at Constitution Hall, Washington s largest and finest auditorium Though Marian Anderson was not a crusader or a spokesperson by nature, her response to this injustice catapulted her into the center of the civil rights movement during the 1930 s She came to stand for all black artists and for all Americans of color when, with the help of prominent figures such as Eleanor Roosevelt, she gave a landmark performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on April 9, 1939 that broke racial barriers and hastened the end of segregation in the arts Marian s comment illustrates her humility in light of the situation in which she found herself I was sorry for the people who had precipitated the affair I felt that their behavior stemmed from a lack of understanding Could I have erased the bitterness, I would have done so gladly I was very impressed with the strength of Marian s character in the face of injustice She quietly asserted herself while remaining dignified and charitable to others This book contains many quotes and pictures that vividly illustrate the kind of person Marian was There is a wonderful picture of her taken at the age of ninety while receiving an honorary doctor of letters degree by the University of Connecticut in 1987 The way her eyes are gazing upward, her chin and neck erect, in my opinion captures her indomitable spirit This non fiction book is a fairly quick read and would be a wonderful accompaniment to other civil rights texts.

  9. says:

    Marian Anderson biography is told through this book The Voice that Challenged A Nation Besides this it intertwines with the fight for equal rights Marian Anderson s passion was to sing, she was a very talented singer as well, but because of her race she was held back from singing in certain places.This is a great book to introduce students of a person that played a role during the civil rights movement This book contains pictures of Marian, during her accomplishments and of great moments she was part of.Personally I believe that Marian Anderson is a great person that not many know of, honestly I had not heard of her until I got my hands on this book I loved it I had a teacher that made me think every so often as a feminist and knowing that a women had achieved greatness and had risked their safety to stand up against the injustices.

  10. says:

    This is an excellent biography of Marian Anderson, a phenomenal singer who sadly is not heard about much these days She had a range any singer would kill for, and a career that matched it I find the title of this book odd, because Marian really wasn t concerned with civil rights She mostly just wanted to sing She became a figurehead for the civil rights movement, however, when she was banned from singing at Carnegie Hall I think , and ended up singing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at a civil rights rally Her motto was I ain t got time to hate, and she bore no ill will toward anyone She was a woman with a talent who wanted to share it, than anything else, and this book is a beautiful portrayal of that.