Ruth Feldstein

How It Feels To Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

The New York Times "Books of the Times" declared that Ruth Feldstein's book is an "original exploration of the little-known but central role that black entertainers, especially black women, played in helping communicate and forward the movement’s goals." Reviewer Farah Jasmine Griffin also said, "How It Feels to Be Free is a work of cultural history that insists upon the importance of popular art to the work of social change." Read more in the Jan. 15, 2014 review.

The critical acclaim for How It Feels To Be Free has been followed by public recognition: It was awarded the 2015 Michael Nelson Prize by the International Association for Media and History, and In fall 2014  Feldstein was co-winner of the 2013 Hooks Institute for Social Change National Book Award.