Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement

Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement

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A young Aretha Franklin captivates her community with the song “Respect” during the height of the Civil Rights Movement, in this striking picture book biography that will embolden today’s young readers to sing their own truth.

When Aretha Franklin sang, she didn’t just sing…she sparked a movement. As a performer and a civil rights activist, the Queen of Soul used her voice to uplift freedom fighters and the Black community during the height of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement. Her song “Respect” was an anthem of identity, survival, and joy. It gave hope to people trying to make change. And when Aretha sang, the world sang along.

With Hanif Abdurraqib’s poetic voice and Ashley Evans’s dynamic illustrations, Sing, Aretha, Sing! demonstrates how one brave voice can give new power to a nation, and how the legacy of Aretha Franklin lives on in a world still fighting for freedom.

Title:Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374313456
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    Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement Reviews

  • Liz

    2.5 starsI honestly found this book misleading. The cover, title, even the first third of the book - seem to be very consistent with Aretha Franklin and her singing. There was repetition of "sing, Are...

  • McKenzie Richardson

    For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-CycleA lovely picture book that goes beyond Aretha Franklin's career as a singer and delves into her activism and faith.Abdurraqib's text is lyrical with so...

  • Alaina

    A cute, well written book in a long line of children's books written about Aretha Franklin. Hanif Abdurraqib is able to bring to the forefront Franklin's activism which ties directly to her music. Eve...

  • Dana Atkins

    The first half of this book was pretty good, and then it seemed to take a turn that didn’t seem genuine at all to me. Aretha’s activist works was mostly in the 50s-70s, but towards the end of the ...

  • Danielle

    This is a sweet and important book - I never knew that Respect was so interwoven with the civil rights movement, and I bet I'm not the only one. Franklin is so much more than what we remember her for ...

  • Sandy

    An inspiring picture book about Aretha Franklin's Respect and the Civil Rights movement. Accompanied by colorful illustrations and an informative author's note, this book is both educational and movin...

  • Bryan Loar

    Hanif Abdurraqib's debut picture book is a testament to the power of a courageous singer and the impact of Aretha Franklin's lyrics and life for future generations. Preview images on Edelweiss+ were c...

  • Gray Gray

    I think this is a really nice picture book! I really like pictures and the style of writing. I think this would be a great read aloud for teaching about women who became famous but also made a change ...

  • Emily

    Such a beautiful reminder of what RESPECT truly meant. Also learned a thing a two that I hadn't known of her associations with Martin Luther King Jr. and her life growing up. Such a powerful story. ...

  • Emma

    This was good but I think it needed more back matter about Aretha’s life especially since the entire point of the page long author’s note was that she did so much. And we saw … almost none of it...