The President Sang Amazing Grace: A Book about Finding Grace After Unspeakable Tragedy

Zoe Mulford (Author) Joan Baez (Other)
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Description

Lyrical account of the day President Obama sang with a grieving nation following the 2015 shooting in a black church in Charleston, South Carolina

When nine people were killed in a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015, the nation grieved as one, and when President Barack Obama sang "Amazing Grace" during his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney, it was acknowledged as one of the most powerful moments of his presidency. Singer/songwriter Zoe Mulford was so moved that she wrote the song "The President Sang Amazing Grace," which was then illustrated by filmmaker and painter Jeff Scher for a video that has been viewed countless times. This book presents the lyrics to the song, Scher's paintings, excerpts from Obama's eulogy, biographies of those who were killed, historical context, and sheet music.

Product Details

Price
$18.95  $17.43
Publisher
Harry N. Abrams
Publish Date
September 24, 2019
Pages
40
Dimensions
10.2 X 12.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.01 pounds
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781944903848

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About the Author

Zoe Mulford is a singer/songwriter. She is based in Philadelphia and Manchester, UK. Jeff Scher is an Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, animator, and painter whose work is in the collections of major museums. He resides in New York City.

Reviews

"Following the 2015 shooting that killed nine African-American people at a Charleston, S.C. prayer service, President Obama read a eulogy before leading those gathered in song. When Mulford, a singer-songwriter, heard the president sing "Amazing Grace," she wrote a song about the shooting and aftermath that was recorded by folk artist Joan Baez and animated by Jeff Scher. Adapted into a picture book, Mulford's sensitive lyrics ("But no words could say/ what must be said/ for all the living/ and the dead") accompany Scher's wash renderings. . . . The title may well serve as a conversation starter . . . in discussions with children about tragic events. Back matter includes factual information about the massacre and biographies of the Emanuel Nine."--Publishers Weekly