New York: Oak publications, 1963. First Edition. Softcover : pp.  112 : 40 photo illustrations, many by Danny Lyons : musical scores : teal toned photo to cover by Danny Lyons : music editor and design, Ethel Raim : additional musical transcriptions, Joseph Byrd and Guy Carawan : editorial assistant Julius Lester : beige title over brown : publisher's advertisement to the back : cover design by Ronald Clyne : verso of front cover SIGNED BY FIVE OF THE FREEDOM SINGERS 1964 - Marshall Jones, Emory Harris, Matthew Jones, Rafael Bulham and James Peacock ; title page SIGNED BY CHARLES (Chuck) NEBLETT ''Freedom Now'' : previous owner's name Bill Privett to verso of front cover and contents page.
Toned edges; some wear to cover; joints rubbed; small abrasions. Good. Item #2567
The Freedom Singers formed as a quartet in 1962 fusing black Baptist a cappella church singing with protest songs and chants. After hearing them perform folk singer Pete Seeger recommended them as a touring group to the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) executive secretary James Forman, specifically to fuel future campaigns. SNCC planned and funded the Freedom Singers' tours and paid the members ten to twenty dollars a week to work as field secretaries for the movement. The Freedom Singers contributed to a live album for the Newport Folk Festival in 1963, where the group sang one of the best known songs "We Shall Overcome" linking arms with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Also in 1963, the Freedom Singers recorded their only studio album for Mercury Records. After recording the album the original group disbanded.