"Awele Makeba's extensive oral history interviews with Claudette Colvin and her research on other women and teen participants of the Montgomery Bus Boycott represent an important addition to the scholarly research on the modern Civil Rights struggle. Just as importantly, her riveting performance based on those sources brings to life important dimensions of the Boycott in a way that is at once accessible, entertaining, and thought provoking for a variety of audiences, from student to specialist. The students, faculty, administrators, and community people attending her performance at Western Michigan University were both intellectually engaged and deeply moved by the experience. Awele is the real deal."
- Mitch Kachun, Western Michigan University and Author, Festivals of Freedom: Memory and Meaning in African American Emancipation Celebrations, 1808-1915 Amherst, University of Massachusetts Press c. 2003