Well I mean, what would you expect from two rock stars in the kid lit world?
Kwame Alexander wrote this poem for his newborn daughter in 2008, right after Obama had been elected.
He wanted to honor all the African-Americans that had faced so many obstacles and leapt over them like Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympics.
Those who survived America by any means necessary...
And those who didn't.
This blank page--so powerful.
This is for the undeniable
the ones who scored
on one hand
in the other.
...To save an imperfect Union.
Kadir Nelson's pictures are amazing! Every time I pick up one of the books he has worked on I am blown away by the attention to detail, the intensity of each subject.
And this page really gets me right in the gut. The lives given to fight for this country that enslaved them because they refused to believe that men could be that unremittingly vile forever.
The audacity of hope.
A roll call of famous African-Americans athletes....
...and the undiscovered.
How does Kadir Nelson get that glimmering, almost-crying look in people's eyes so perfectly? HOW?
There is so much hope and love and optimism on this page that it gets me every time.
This is for you.