Freedom's a-Callin Me
Award-winning poet Ntozake Shange and artist Rod Brown reimagine the journeys of the brave men and women who made their way to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
Fleeing on the Underground Railroad meant walking long distances; swimming across streams; hiding in abandoned shanties, swamps, and ditches, always on the run from slave trackers and their dogs.
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Genre: Picture book – Historical
Summary: Through a series of free verse poems and dark illustrations by Rod Brown, Shange’s book captures the many emotions of a slave seeking to flee the south by travelling on the Underground Railroad. It begins with a poem entitled “Freedom’s A-Callin Me” and ends with a poem called “Free Air.” In between are poems that capture the hope, the fear, the sense of loss at leaving behind loved ones, and the nervousness at searc...more
The illustrations are just as stark, and show the brutality and fear in bold colors. The narrative is written in a slangy dialect that was a bit tough to read aloud, but from reading the note at the end, I see that the chants were rewritten to be mo...more
Shange, N., & Brown, R. (2012). Freedom's a-callin me. New...more
This is a well-known, often-cited incident from the life of Harriet "Moses" Tubman, but I cannot find a similar action attribute...more
It is written in poetry and of the language of slaves and of their journey North to freedom.
Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and a Pushcart Prize.