Johnson, James Weldon

Lift Every Voice and Sing

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Collier's illustrations of this piece, known as the "black national anthem," serve as a quiet reminder that it was for young students that the words and music were first written. On every page, the contemporary-looking kids' faces are bright and animated. Collier's mixed-media collages reflect the children's difficult pasts and their hopeful futures. Musical notation is appended.


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