Can you imagine how it would be if there was one thing you could do better than anyone else, something you loved very much, and people kept telling you that you were not allowed? Marian began singing for her neighbors, and for her church, at the age of seven. Everyone who heard her stopped what they were doing to listen to her beautiful voice. Yet, when Marian tried to go to a professional school for voice, she was told that, 'We don't take your kind!' As a black woman in the 1930s, and throughout her life, Marian was always being told that she couldn't sing in certain places, or for certain audiences, or she couldn't go to certain schools, but Marian found ways to do those things. To learn how she did, and to hear more of her story, be sure to read this book.
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Date read: 4/13/2009