Ma Rainey Sings The Blues

This children's book depicts the musical story of Gertrude "Ma Rainey" Pridgett (1886-1939), one of the earliest African American blues singers and one of the first generation of blues singers to record in the 20th century. As illustrator and writer of this children's book,

Dr. Obiora N. Anekwe uses poetry and collage imagery to tell the fascinating life story of Ma Rainey. His book is appropriate for children ages 1-8, in addition to audiences who want to learn more about America's forgotten musical legends. This colorful body of work demonstrates how music can be used to heal a people from the oppression and struggles of the past and present.

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