- Paperback: 120 pages
- Publisher: Pyramid Collections (December 31, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0966255100
- ISBN-13: 978-0966255102
- Package Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,391,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Lifting Voices: Voices of the Collective Struggle
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The soulful message in this book is restorative, healing, instructive, thought-provoking, powerful and delightful. -- FYOS Entertainment, LLC, April 30, 2001
About the Author
P. M. Fisher holds an M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University. She recently retired from the Philadelphia public school system after 28 years of counseling young people. Early in her career, Fisher taught psychology and sociology and served as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps. She has been practicing meditation and yoga for over 20 years and embraces the adage, "heal thyself." Fisher believes that these daily practices help her to stay on board in the journey of life. She is the mother of three children and resides in Southern New Jersey.
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understand the past. This is the premise of the book Lifting
Voices by P.M. Fisher. The book is a collection of her own
poetry as well as quotes from a number of note worthy
political and literary figures of African descent. Intermingled
in a brief outline of African American history we find related
words from persons such as Frederick Douglass, Booker T.
Washington, Marcus Garvey, Martin Luther King,
Malcolm X, Lorraine Hansberry and Nikki Giovanni.
Fisher starts out by discussing the colors red, green and
black. She notes the symbolic importance of each of these
colors for African Americans and explains them in a historical
context. She discusses historically important events and
issues such as, the Million Man March, Million Woman March, the
Civil Rights Movement, and Education. After establishing the
importance of our history, the author uses this information to
establish a blueprint for the continuing struggle to uplift
African Americans. For example, the color red represents
the continuing struggle for our people. Next, the author
highlights Nat Turner, Harriet Tubman, Crispus Attucks and
others, demonstrating how they struggled to improve the
condition of Blacks in America. Then she uses their
struggles to encourage us, by reminding the reader that if these
people could struggle and have an impact so can we.
According to the author, it is our responsibility to first learn
to love ourselves and in loving ourselves we develop the
capacity to love others. Then we must have strong healthy
marriages and then we must work to be good and active parents.
Through her poetry and writings, Fisher outlines some of the
things we can do in order to live up to our responsibilities.
We are encouraged to appreciate "little words" such as faith,
joy, love and hope. Further, we are called to embrace our
history and be active participants in the improvement of our
current position and future. This book is easy to read, well
organized and inspiring. I found myself trying to think of ways
to share the book with youth and adults alike. Although the
book doesn't delve into a detailed history lesson, it highlights
the accomplishments of a number of Africans and African
Americans and leaves you wanting to go and learn more about
them. The mix of poetry and prose gives the book a unique pulse
that makes you want to keep reading. I believe this book can
truly inspire the young and the old to work towards building a
strong future for African Americans. I give this book a RAW
Rating of 4.
Reviewed by Stacey Seay