Sing, Aretha, Sing!: Aretha Franklin, Respect, and the Civil Rights Movement
by Hanif Abdurraqib, Illustrated by Ashley Evans
Publication Date: Dec 28, 2021
List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Parent Company: Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
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.