The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander ill by Kadir Nelson
When times are tough and faith gives only the thinnest glimmer of light, there is hope, there are heroes. Newbery Award-winner Kwame Alexander's poetry pays tribute to Black Americans who with determination, persistence, dignity, courage, and vision have survived and thrived.
The Undefeated honors some of the individuals, past and present, who embody the struggle to dream and achieve. Authors, artists, athletes, poets, politicians, Civil Rights leaders, and musicians are among those referenced through soaring verses which capture the dignity and grace of the human spirit.
Alexander also pays tribute to those who suffered, sacrificed, and lost their lives.
Probably the most moving spread is a blank page, devoid of any face, acknowledging those who did not survive.
Two-time Caldecott Honor-winner Nelson's close-up portraits capture a spirit of quiet strength and determination. The realistic style exudes countenances glowing with warmth and intelligence. Nelson uses a rich variety of skin tones and facial characteristics. Each an individual. Each unique. The faces also portray joyful and proud moments. Eyes shining with tears.
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