Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, paintings by Kadir Nelson

Coretta Scott and her siblings walked five miles to school while a bus with white children blew by. As she grew and matured, she dreamed of freedom. She met Martin Luther King, Jr. and married. Together, they both worked and toiled for the rights of African Americans, but doing so in a peaceful manner reminiscent of Gandhi's teachings.

From organizing a bus boycott to a March on Washington with a quarter million people, Coretta Scott certainly left her mark, and did while singing.

What I Thought:
This book should be an award winner about this time next year. The poem is simply stunning and certainly a tribute to Coretta Scott's life.

But the paintings are simply stunning. Kadir Nelson did a magnificent job bringing Coretta Scott to life. I encourage you to find a copy of this book and simply study it, both the words and the artwork. (The cover itself is breathtaking.) You certainly will not be disappointed.

The book also includes an author's note about the life of Coretta Scott King and her tireless work for civil rights.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

1 comment:

Shari Lyle-Soffe said...

I will have to look for this book. It sounds wonderful.