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The undefeated /

Alexander, Kwame.

The undefeated / by Kwame Alexander ; illustrated by Kadir Nelson. - 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm.

"The Newbery Award-winning author of The Crossover pens an ode to black American triumph and tribulation, with art from a two-time Caldecott Honoree. Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."--

Caldecott Medal Winner, 2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, 2019 Newbery Honor Book, 2019

9781328780966 1328780961


African Americans--History--Juvenile literature.
African Americans--Social life and customs--Juvenile literature.
African Americans--Civil rights--Juvenile literature.
African Americans--Juvenile poetry.
African Americans--Poetry.
American poetry.
Children's poetry, American.
Children's poetry.
Picture books for children.

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