Odetta: The Queen Of FolkFall 2010 Non-Fiction
Odetta: Queen of Folk is a real-life story that pays tribute to folk singer and Civil Rights activist Odetta Holmes. Odetta's tale unfolds through Stephen Alcorn's reverent poetry. She goes from being "a baby with a birdcage / in her throat" to someone who could do more than just sing- she could "sang". As Alcorn writes, "To sang is to sing / like you need the music / as much / as birds / need sky." The combination of poetry and stunning expressive paintings bring Odetta's struggles and successes to life. An afterword provides further details about Odetta's 54-year musical career, her artistic influences, and the historical context of Birmingham in the 1950s and 60s. This is a recommended book for those interested in music, Civil Rights, or African-American history.