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Pauline Black

Singer Pauline Black, who found fame with ska band The Selecter, on how Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird helped her understand her place as a black girl adopted by a white family.

Pauline Black, the singer who found fame with the ska band The Selecter, on how Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" helped her understand her place as a black girl adopted by a white family. She both identified with Scout, the tomboyish main character, while it was the first book she read in which the black characters "shared a dignity and gravitas". It allowed her to understand the racial tensions and hypocrisy which surrounded her childhood. "This novel gave the little black girl that timidly lingered inside me the security to come out and fight against racial injustice with my chosen profession, music."
Producer: Smita Patel.

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