Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing is an anthology that consists of short biographies of several African Americans in history who have provided America with their extraordinary gifts and talents-such as music, sports, art, literary works, theatre, politics, and other endeavors. These people have helped influenced the growth of our generation and generations to follow. Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing does not attempt to present every African American who has made important contributions to our society, for that would almost be endless, but it is only a small collection of those who have. Although Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing is about African Americans, it was written for everyone to read and enjoy.
Lillian Whitlow was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, but was reared and educated in Oklahoma. She has resided in Portland, Oregon, since 1970. As a retired school teacher, she has been able to pursue a writing career. She is widowed and the mother of three adult children: two sons, Leo and Leon, and a daughter, Leona. Her first children's book, Manny, was published in 2003 by PublishAmerica. Prior to this publication, she has had several poems and newspaper articles published. Her other two books, Brick City and A Soldier without a Country, were also published by PublishAmerica. Lillian received her bachelor's degree from Langston University in performing arts and a master's degree from Oklahoma University in elementary education. In addition to writing, Lillian is an accomplished classical pianist.