The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice; of a country divided by law, education, and wealth; of a people whose struggles and achievements helped define their country.
Kadir Nelson, one of this generation's most accomplished, award-winning artists, has created an epic yet intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement. Written in the voice of an "Everywoman," an unnamed narrator whose forebears came to this country on slave ships and who lived to cast her vote for the first African American president, Heart and Soul touches on some of the great transformative events and small victories of that history. This inspiring book demonstrates that in gaining their freedom and equal rights, African Americans helped our country achieve its promise of liberty and justice - the true heart and soul of our nation.
©2011 Kadir Nelson (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers
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Kadir Nelson is best known for his beautiful, stunning paintings, but this narrative is wonderful. This history of America is told from the point of view of an African American grandmother telling the story of her country and her people. Debbie Allen brings this to life, just as Kadir's paintings do. The words, the tone, the spirit soar. Wonderful for family listening - absolutely inspiring and heartfelt.
The tone and spirit of Debbie Allen's narration reminded me of listening to Lynne Thigpen narrate The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, by Ernest Gaines.
"Factual and well narrated"
After reading The Help I began to wish I had known more about black history especially in relation to racism in the American south before listening to it. Low and behold this audio book turned up to provide just that. I found it extremely informative whilst not bogging you down with dates and facts, this meant that it was easy to listen to and take in. The narrators personal touches and passion shone through illustrating the tragic and triumphant facts and stories beautifully. I now feel more informed about such an important part of our history and have a better understanding of the other audio books I enjoy listening to. Well worth a listen.
"Enthralling and Immensely Rich"
I am new to Kadir Nelson but I find that I love his artistry and words. I was moved by Heart and Soul. His presented words flowed off the page and rested in my heart with such a flourish that I thought I was hearing my own story. This volume is suitable for all the family. Debbie Allen's voice talent lent its raspy and velvety tones to the story. I was refreshingly moved by this volume. Three cheers to this formidable artist. Listen with passion. All I can say is that it was enthralling and immensely rich.
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