Black and White: A Song That is a Story About Freedom to go to School Together

Black and White: A Song That is a Story About Freedom to go to School Together


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"As an adolescent, I sang along with Three Dog Night, never really thinking about the words of the song. Until now. BLACK AND WHITE, like many little books, is enormous." - ANN HOOD, bestselling author of THE KNITTING CIRCLE and other novels

... "A simple, lovely, powerful book." - TOM CHAPIN, singer/songwriter

Lyricist, graphic artist and teacher David Arkin (1906-1980) created the book BLACK AND WHITE in 1966. Arkin based his book on the song of the same name crafted years before by he and composer Earl Robinson (1910-1991) - a song meant to celebrate the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down segregation in public schools.

Recorded by Pete Seeger in 1956 and Sammy Davis Jr. in 1957, "Black and White" was much later, in 1971, a #6 hit for the Reggae group Greyhound in the UK and (1972) a #1 hit for the band Three Dog Night in the United States.

Pete Seeger - a longtime friend of both Arkin and Robinson, a multi-Grammy winning performer and composer, and a Kennedy Center Honoree - has written an Introduction for this edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780615452180
Publisher: New Street Communications, LLC
Publication date: 02/22/2011
Pages: 38
Sales rank: 632,374
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.08(d)

About the Author

David Arkin wrote the lyrics for songs performed by such artists as the Limelighters, the Womenfolk, and the Babysitters (featuring Lee Hays and actor Alan Arkin, David's son). The author-artist studied at the National Academy of Design, New York University's School of Architecture, and in France and Italy.

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