Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song

October 30, 2020
Like a Bird: The Art of the American Slave Song

Enslaved African Americans longed for freedom, and that longingtook many forms—including music. Drawing on biblical imagery, slavesongs both expressed the sorrow of life in bondage and offered arallying cry for the spirit.Like a Bird brings together text, music, andillustrations by Coretta Scott King Award-winning illustratorMichele Wood to convey the rich meaning behind thirteen of thesepowerful songs.