Sing, Aretha, Sing!
Aretha Franklin,"Respect," and the Civil Rights Movement
Author: Hanif Abdurraqib; illustrated by Ashley Evans
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.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
In The News
“Rather than tell Aretha Franklin’s entire story, this focused biography concentrates on her trailblazing song ‘Respect’ and its impact on the Civil Rights Movement . . . Vibrant and expressive.” —Booklist
“Evans’ vibrant digital illustrations highlight Franklin's beauty and vitality and the racial diversity of the people who were in her thrall . . . A sweet, upbeat testimonial to the ongoing, far-reaching impact of a dearly departed legend.” —Kirkus Reviews