Freedom’s a-Callin Me, for teens
Note that this book is meant for teenagers and young adults as it does depict torture and other disturbing events. It can be very powerful for teens who are ready to read about the horrors of this part of American history. Poet Ntozake Shange and artist Rod Brown collaborated over this beautifully illustrated book to honor the men and women who risked their lives traveling and facilitating the Underground Railroad. It brings to life the permeating fear over who could be trusted, and explains that both Black and white individuals were a part of making the Underground Railroad. The poems evoke the tumultuous emotions from fear to despair experienced by those traveling the Underground Railroad.