Many words come to mind when I think of Harlem. One is always diversity.
One of the most formative teachings I encountered in this regard growing up was “Free To Be You And Me”.
For those of you who are not familiar with it, it is timeless – and as important today as it was then.
There are thousands upon thousands of children’s albums out there, but the one that quietly left its mark with more ’70s children than perhaps any other album was this disc. Free to Be…You and Me was a pet project of proud feminist Marlo Thomas (a.k.a. “That Girl”), and it was born–according to the liner notes–by the desire to provide her niece with music “to celebrate who she was and who she could be.” Harry Belafonte sings “Parents Are People,” ex-football great Rosie Grier offers an incredible, touching melody titled “It’s All Right to Cry,” and Diana Ross waxes future-positive on “When We Grow Up.” A great hour of brain food for young–and not-so-young–children. –Denise Sheppard on Amazon.com
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