Our fabulous librarian just handed me Kadir Nelson’s, Heart and Soul The Story of America and African Americans (Harper Collins, 2011). At first, the weight of the book struck me, as did the heartening illustrations on every page of the book. That’s how deep and heavy the pictures are. If you want to take a trip back in time, through the story and the life like images in HEART AND SOUL, buy this book!!! It could easily be incorporated into a history class, as it tells the story of America and African Americans from colonial days through to the civil rights movement. Kadir tells ‘our’ story which ironically inspires me. In school, the story of Blacks in America always made me feel like I was from an inferior class. As I grew up, and read more, I knew that wasn’t the case. Thank you, Kadir, for inspiring me. I will be purchasing your books as gifts to my children to uplift and to inspire them. Just the fact that our ancestors helped to build this beautiful country should be at the heart of any American history class.
WE ARE THE SHIP The Story of Negro League Baseball is next on my list from Kadir, who is both the illustrator and author.
Here’s how he did it.