Magnolia Flower by Zora Neale Hurston and Ibram X. Kendi, Read by Sheryl Lee Ralph
A Story of Love and Freedom for Young Listeners
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Sheryl Lee Ralph, from the movie Abbott Elementary, displays her magical acting talents throughout her bold narration of this adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston’s short story, Magnolia Flower, for young listeners. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile’s Robin Whitten discuss Ralph’s resonant, full voice. Ralph delights listeners as she breathes additional life into this story of love and freedom. The wise river tells the young, babbling brook about Bentley, an enslaved man who escaped to freedom and built a community of other freed people.