Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time

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Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time
Written by Carole Boston Weatherford
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ISBN-13: 9781536212976
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Outspoken: Paul Robeson, Ahead of His Time
A One-Man Show

author: Carole Boston Weatherford
illustrator: Eric Velasquez

Paul Robeson rose to prominence during the Harlem Renaissance, known for his extraordinary vocal, dramatic, and oratory skills. But he was a true Renaissance man: an accomplished athlete, a bright intellect, and a passionate supporter for humanitarian causes. He displayed his talents on many stages: the pulpit where he filled in for his minister father; on debate, football, baseball, basketball, and track teams; in college and law school classrooms; on the theatrical stage and the silver screen; and behind the podium. Paul Robeson became internationally renowned as a singer and actor, and as his fame grew, so did his unflinching activism against racial injustice. He used the power of his voice to speak out as America’s conscience, but when his nation was not yet willing to listen, he found a more-supportive reception in the USSR. In this moving birth-to-death biography, Carole Boston Weatherford’s poetic first-person narrative, interlaced with excerpts from African American spirituals, pairs with dynamic illustrations by Eric Velasquez capturing Paul Robeson’s commanding presence. Back matter includes a time line, source notes, and bibliography for readers inspired to learn more.

Newbery Honoree Carole Boston Weatherford and award-winning illustrator Eric Velasquez—the team behind Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library—reunite to take full measure of an iconic performer and political activist.
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Non-Fiction - Picture Book / Hardback
age range:
9 yrs - 12 yrs
# of pages/size:
48 / 9 3/4" x 11 13/16"
grade range:
Grade 4 - Grade 7
Biography & Autobiography; African American & Black;
author’s comments:
Carole Boston Weatherford, a New York Times best-selling author and poet, was named the 2019 Washington Post–Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction Award winner. Her numerous books for children include the Newbery Honor Book BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, illustrated by Michele Wood; the Coretta Scott King Author Award winner Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre, illustrated by Floyd Cooper; the Robert F. Sibert Honor Book Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, illustrated by Ekua Holmes; and the critically acclaimed Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, illustrated by Eric Velasquez. Carole Boston Weatherford lives in North Carolina.
illustrator’s comments:
Eric Velasquez is the award-winning illustrator of Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library, by Carole Boston Weatherford, which received a Walter Dean Myers Award and a Golden Kite Award, and ¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines by Dean Robbins. He has also won a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award and a Pura Belpré Illustrator Award. Eric Velasquez lives in Hartsdale, New York.
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