OMG…Remember “Free To Be…You And Me?”

I may be dating myself when I say that I used to have the “Free To Be…You and Me” album on heavy rotation in my play room when I was a wee Tami. Thanks to Soul Bounce, I rediscovered this charming performance of “When We Grow Up” by Roberta Flack and Michael Jackson on the ABC special of “Free To Be…” that aired in 1974. Some 30 years later, the message is still empowering to children. Of course, seeing Michael Jackson performing this tune gives it special resonance. From Wiki:

Free to Be… You and Me is a record album and illustrated songbook for children, first released in November 1972, and later in 1974 as a television special, featuring songs and stories from celebrities (credited as “Marlo Thomas and Friends”). Using poetry, songs, and sketches, the basic concept was to salute values such as individuality, tolerance, and happiness with one’s identity; a major thematic message is that anyone, whether a boy or a girl, can achieve anything one wants.

The album has become a cult classic across the United States amongst many who were children in the 1970s.

 

 

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About Tami

Tami Winfrey Harris writes about race, feminism, politics and pop culture at the blog What Tami Said. Her work has also appeared online at The Guardian’s Comment is Free, Ms. Magazine blog, Newsweek, Change.org, Huffington Post and Racialicious. She is a graduate of the Iowa State University Greenlee School of Journalism. She is mom to two awesome stepkids and spends her spare time researching her family history and cultivating a righteous 'fro.
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