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From the Book jacket: From the Author: I started writing books for young people when I was an elementary-school teacher. I wanted my students to read more, and I began to write books about things that they were interested in. They liked to read about people who were famous and how they got to be famous. Most of my students were black, and I wanted them to have books about black people who had overcome poverty and discrimination. These kinds of books were not available when I was growing up in the South. In fact, I could not even use the public library, because I was black. Although Diana Ross grew up in Detroit, not the South, she had to overcome a lot of barriers because she was poor and black. I have followed her career ever since she began singing with the Supremes. When she played Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues, I became even more interested. She was "stretching" her talents. She wasn't content just to be a singer. I feel that she has a lot of courage and has taken many risks in her career. Many newspaper and magazine articles have been written about Diana Ross. Many of these articles are on microfilm or in large, bound magazine volumes in the library. It was interesting to go through these articles and read what she said years ago. It was fun to look at pictures from twenty years back. Styles in hair and clothing have changed so much. People change, too. The important thing is whether or not they feel good about the changes, whether or not they are able to grow in spirit. Diana Ross has. J.H.
A biography of the blind composer, pianist, and singer who was a child prodigy and went on to win nine Grammy awards.<P><P>Winner of the Coretta Scott King Medal
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