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.
ah might get hungry
ah may get tired
good Lawd /
ah may be free
The Underground Railroad operated on secrecy and trust. But who could be trusted?
There were free black and white men and women helping, risking their lives, too. Because freedom was worth any risk. Celebrated collaborators Ntozake Shange and Rod Brown pay tribute to the Underground Railroad, a universal story about the human need to be free.
ah am a livin bein’ & ah got to be free
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In the title poem, the man says “ah may get tired / good Lawd / ah may may be free.” Inspirational pairings of art and verse to read and recite in tribute to those who walked that perilous road.Dec 20 2011 | Read Full Review of Freedom's a-Callin Me
his words are raw and agonized in some places (âah jusâ canât take it no more,â he says, âah am not some animal to be worked from dawn to dusk/ livin on the entrails of hogs & suchâ) and unbearably poignant in others (âbut heâs travelin alone,â he protests to another escapee abo...Nov 28 2011 | Read Full Review of Freedom's a-Callin Me