Walking many miles to school in the dusty road, young Coretta knew, too well, the unfairness of life in the segregated south.
A yearning for equality began to grow.
Together with Martin Luther King, Jr., she gave birth to a vision and a journey—with dreams of freedom for all.
This extraordinary union of poetic text by Ntozake Shange and monumental artwork by Kadir Nelson captures the movement for civil rights in the United States and honors its most elegant inspiration, Coretta Scott.
About the Author
Ntozake Shange, poet, novelist, playwright, and performer, wrote the Broadway-produced and Obie Award-winning "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf." She has also written numerous works of fiction, including "Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo, Betsy Brown, " and "Liliane."
Kadir Nelson is the widely acclaimed illustrator of many books for children, including "Thunder Rose, " written by Jerdine Nolen, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award; "Ellington Was Not a Street, " written by Ntozake Shange, which received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and "Hewitt Anderson's Great Big Life, " written by Jerdine Nolen, which won the 2005 Society of Illustrators Gold Medal. He is also the illustrator of Deloris Jordan and Roslyn M. Jordan's "Salt in His Shoes" and Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee's "Please, Baby, Please" and "Please, Puppy, Please". Kadir Nelson lives with his family in San Diego, California.
“Poetic language paired with powerful images make this biography/history of the Civil Rights Movement a moving, provacative read–aloud. Every library will want copies of this lyrical tribute to an elegant woman and the era she represents.”
-School Library Journal (starred review)
“Nelson’s jacket portrait, monumental and tender at the same time, sets the tone for this intimate picture biography. Shange’s rhythmic lines and formal syntax roll like waves carrying readers on a soul–stirring ride through Coretta’s coming of age in the Civil Rights Movement.”
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Poet and painter have joined forces to offer an indelible, emotional expression of the strength, beauty, and joy of one woman’s character.”
-Booklist (starred review)