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'Ten Black Men' Author Inspired By Music By Black Women

May 31, 2013
Originally published on May 31, 2013 12:37 pm



Now why don't we take a little music break with the occasional feature we call IN YOUR EAR. That's where some of our guest tell us about the songs that inspire them or just make them dance. Today we hear from a writer who decided to dig deeper into what we know about Martin Luther King Junior and other prominent African American men.

Author Andrea Davis Pinkneys' book, "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed American," won the Coretta Scott-King award. That's an honor given annually to authors and illustrators of children's books that celebrate black American culture. When she came in to talk about that a little while ago, we asked her to share some of her favorite tunes.

ANDREA DAVIS PINKNEY: Hi. This is Andrea Davis Pinkney and here's what's playing in my ear.


THE JACKSON FIVE: (singing) Dancing, dancing, dancing...

PINKNEY: The Jacksons, "Dancing Machine," because I just feel happy every time I hear that song.



MAHALIA JACKSON: (singing) Gonna move on up a little higher, gonna meet my loving mother. Gonna move on up a little higher...

PINKNEY: Mahalia Jackson's "Move On Up a Little Higher," because this song knows how to inspire.


JACKSON: (singing) Gonna move on up a little higher, gonna meet my loving mother. Gonna move on up a little higher...

PINKNEY: The soundtrack to the Broadway show, "In the Heights," and I chose the opening song, "In the Heights."


JOSEPH MORALES: (As Usnavi) (singing) Lights up on Washington Heights, up at the break of day. I wake up and I got this little punk I gotta chase away. Pop the grate at the crack of dawn, sing while I wipe down the awning. Hey y'all, good morning.

PINKNEY: It reminds me of being with my sister-in-law and her family in Washington Heights in New York City where we live.


CHORUS: (singing) This is our block. In the Heights I hang my flag upon display. It remind me that I came from miles away. My family came from miles away. In the Heights it gets more expensive every day. And tonight is so far away.

PINKNEY: Beyonce's "Love On Top."


BEYONCE: (singing) Honey, honey, I can see the stars all the way from here. Can't you see my glow on my window pane...

PINKNEY: Because it always brings me back to moments when I'm with my kids and my husband dancing in our kitchen.


MARTIN: That was author, Andrea Davis Pinkney telling us what's playing in her ear. To hear our previous conversation, you can go to Click on the programs tab and then TELL ME MORE.

Just ahead it's our weekly visit to the barbershop. This week the guys are talking sports. Well, sports scandals more like. We'll get their take on the new Rutgers athletic director who's been called a bully, and on whether the family of the late Penn State coach, Joe Paterno, really has a case against the NCAA. That's coming up on TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin.

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