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The Undefeated

by Kwame Alexander


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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Book Information

Copyright year 2019
ISBN-13 9781328780966
ISBN-10 1328780961
Class Copyright
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
File Size 9 MB
Number of Pages 40
Language ENG
Shelf No. NC050
Grade Range 0-3
Ages 4-7
Curriculums Chicago Skyline Trademarks