Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-eight books including Out of Wonder, a Coretta Scott King Book Awards Illustrator Winner, and Rebound, the prequel to his Newbery Award-Winning novel The Crossover. More about this author >
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. More about this book >
Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of 25 books, including Rebound, the critically acclaimed prequel to the 2015 Newbery Medal–winning The Crossover. The recipient of the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award, Kwame lives with his family in Virginia.