Written by Francisca Goldsmith on Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Welcome to Day 1: Voices of Black History. AudioFile Magazine is delighted to share audiobooks featuring the diverse voices of narrators and authors. Hearing history is a unique experience. Whether we listen to historical speeches, delve into a historical novel, or share a children's book, audiobooks shed light on important figures in cultural history and modern-day heroes alike.
We are inspired by Charles R. Smith Jr.'s 28 DAYS: Moments in Black History that Changed the World newly published by Live Oak Media with a stunning cast of 8 narrators.
28 DAYS starts with Crispus Attucks, a Black Bostonian who was killed in the 1770 Boston Massacre that was a watershed moment in building Colonial energy for the American Revolutionary War.
Another Colonial Bostonian, Phillis Wheatley, holds an essential place in our history as well. The first published Black poet in America, her works remain a voice from an era when slavery in Boston lived side by side with the desire of European Americans to become free of British rule. Listen to her audiobook biography, PHILLIS WHEATLEY: A REVOLUTIONARY POET and to her poetry.
For more audiobooks about Black experiences in Colonial America and the new nation of the United States, we suggest:
AMOS FORTUNE, FREE MAN, by Elizabeth Yates and read by Ray Childs
WHO IS CARRIE? by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier and narrated by Lisa Renee Pitts
YELLOW CROCUS, by Laila Ibrahim and narrated by Bahni Turpin
What comes to mind for narrators as they inhabit the people facing historic events in the books they bring to life for us? Bahni Turpin, who narrated THE YELLOW CROCUS, shares her thoughts with listeners.
Also on SoundCloud you can preview the brand-new release of 28 DAYS: Moments in Black History That Changed the World in a serialized podcast.