Goodwill Ambassador for the UN Refugee Agency for over twenty-six years. Her long-awaited memoir, Lifting My Voice, is a warm, engaging, and honest self-portrait of a great woman of our time who has gone her own way as a woman, as a mother, as an artist and as a citizen.
Growing up African American in segregated Arkansas in the 1950s, Barbara Hendricks witnessed firsthand the painful struggle for civil rights. After graduation from the Juilliard School of Music, Hendricks immediately won a number of important international prizes, and began performing in recitals and operas throughout the world. A Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, she is as devoted to humanitarian work as she is to her music. Always the anti-diva, Hendricks is a down-to-earth and straightforward woman, whether singing Mozart or black spirituals. She challenges stereotypes and puts the music first and presents a warm, engaging, and honest self-portrait of one of the great women of music.