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How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Ruth Feldstein


How It Feels to Be Free tells a story about black women entertainers and their relationships to the civil rights/black power movement. The book focuses on six performers: singer and film star Lena Horne; South African singer Miriam Makeba; pianist‐vocalist Nina Simone; jazz singer and actress Abbey Lincoln; and stage, film, and television actresses Diahann Carroll and Cicely Tyson. All six were more than “just” entertainers, all six took risks when they used their celebrity status to support civil rights, and all six insisted, in all sorts of ways, that the liberation they desired could not se ... More

Keywords: civil rights, black power, feminism, entertainment, Lena Horne, Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, Diahann Carroll, Cicely Tyson

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780195314038
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314038.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth Feldstein, author
Rutgers University- Newark