The Undefeated

By Kwame Alexander
Illustrators Illustrated by Kadir Nelson Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Imprint Versify ISBN


Awards and Honors 2019 Kirkus Prize Finalist <br> 2019 National Book Award Longlist <br> <i>Kirkus</i> Best Books - 2019<br> <i>Publishers Weekly</i> Best Books - 2019 <br> <i>SLJ</i> Best Books - 2019 <br> <i>Horn Book</i> Fanfare - 2019 <br> NPR’s Book Concierge - 2019 <br> CPL Best Books - 2019 <br> CSMCL Best Books - 2019 <br> 2020 <i>Newbery</i> Honor Book <br> 2020 <i>Caldecott</i> Medal Winner <br> 2020 <i>Coretta Scott King</i> Illustrator Book Award Winner<br> NCTE’s 2020 Notable Poetry List

The Undefeated

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Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism,Violence: Mild Violence

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.

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