Back of Book: It only takes a few words to create change. It only takes a few people to believe that change is possible. And when those people sing out, they can change the world. “We Shall Overcome” is one of their songs. From the song’s roots in America’s era of slavery through to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and today, “We Shall Overcome” has come to represent the fight for equality and freedom around the world. This important book, lyrically written by Debbie Levy and paired with elegant, collage-style art by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, pays tribute to the heroic spirit of the famous song that encompasses American history.
I love that there are so many picture books to share with readers during Black History month. One of my favorites to share with my students is “We Shall Overcome” It is a touching story of the path that African Americans have taken to get to the place they are now. The story begins with the Civil War and ends with President Obama. Each period of history shows people singing the song We Shall Overcome. The back of the book has a timeline in which readers can see dates of when each event occurred. The illustrations in this story are lovely. Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a gifted artist. Her pictures of people are truly beautiful. This is a fantastic book to share in libraries and schools.
Ages 5 and up