Let Freedom Sing, by Vanessa Newton, is a story of freedom and equality that was long fought for by many in
the United States of America. It interweaves the spiritual song, “This Little Light of Mine,” with the songs and sayings which have become known as being historical in the fight for freedom for all.
Picture books are wonderful to allow the reader to see as well as read, making it more likely that the entire meaning of the story will be understood. This story takes some of the history of the men and women who were instrumental in bringing the changes that were so valiantly fought for over many years, from the beginning of the civil rights movement through the current time. Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr., and Ruby Bridges are all included in the row upon row of activists who helped bring about the changes that have happened over the years. Historical changes, including eliminating the segregation that was apparent in our country by separation of black and white children in schools, to having different doors for blacks and whites to use to enter and exit. Each aspect of racism is touched upon, with the changes that have occurred to bring about equality for all.
Let Freedom Sing brings the changes that have brought us together to light, right up to the major historical event of 2008, the election of the first African American President, Barack Obama. The similarities of Barack Obama and Martin Luther King Jr. are stressed, especially the fact that they both had a dream, and they both were history makers in bringing change to the United States of America. This is one story that will not only teach about some of the most important events and people in the history of the United States, but will also make it clear that if you have a dream for change, hard work and dedication will help bring it to pass. Sharing this book with your kids will help open the lines of communication about why it’s important to follow your heart and work together for the good of our country, the world, and people of all races.