The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson is an empowering love letter to black America. 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. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more.
Winner of the 2020 Caldecott Medal, a 2020 Newbery Honor Book, and Winner of the 2020 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.