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Mama Africa!

How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
A Picture Book by

Miriam Makeba, a Grammy Award - winning South African singer, rose to fame in the hearts of her people at the pinnacle of apartheid - a brutal system of segregation similar to American Jim Crow laws. Mama Africa, as they called her, raised her voice to help combat these injustices at jazz clubs in Johannesburg; in exile, at a rally beside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; and before the United Nations.

Set defiantly in the present tense, this biography offers readers an intimate view of Makeba's fight for equality. Kathryn Erskine's call-and-response style text and Charly Palmer's bold illustrations come together in a raw, riveting duet of protest song and praise poem. A testament to how a single voice helped to shake up the world - and can continue to do so.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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