We Shall Overcome

We Shall Overcome

The Story of a Song

By Debbie Levy; Vanessa Brantley-Newton (Illustrator)

Jump at the Sun, Hardcover, 9781423119548, 32pp.

Publication Date: December 17, 2013

It only takes a few words to create change. It only takes a few people to believe that change is possible. And when those people sing out, they can change the world. "We Shall Overcome" is one of their songs. From the song's roots in America's era of slavery through to the civil rights movement of the 1960s and today, "We Shall Overcome" has come to represent the fight for equality and freedom around the world. This important book, lyrically written by Debbie Levy and paired with elegant, collage-style art by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, pays tribute to the heroic spirit of the famous song that encompasses American history.

About the Author

Vanessa Brantley-Newton is a self-taught illustrator, doll maker, and crafter. Her passion for children s books began when she came across The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats as a child in the 1960s. Growing up in a musical family who loved to sing, Vanessa s illustrations are as fun and whimsical as a beautiful melody. Vanessa currently makes her nest in Charlotte, NC with her husband of 20 years, their daughter, and a very rambunctious cat named Stripes.