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The Undefeated
The Undefeated | Kwame Alexander
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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.
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“This is for the unforgettable....

The ones who survived
America
by any means necessary.

And the ones who didn‘t.”

Kwame Alexander‘s poem combined with Kadir Nelson‘s illustrations makes for a magnificent telling of courage, heartbreak and hope.

At the end the historical figures and events represented in each page are outlined, so we know and remember these American heroes and our American history.

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