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The Undefeated

April 6 at 10:30
East Building Auditorium
Recommended for ages 8 and up
Kwame Alexander, poet, educator, host and producer of the literary variety/talk show Bookish, cofounding director of the LEAP for Ghana initiative, and founding editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of HMH Books for Young Readers; in conversation with artist Kadir Nelson. Moderated by Kevin Merida, senior vice president and editor-in-chief, ESPN.  

Watch the program here.

Join poet and educator Kwame Alexander who will share inspiration and read excerpts from his newly released picture book The Undefeated. Originally performed for ESPN’s website The Undefeated, this illustrated poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. With references to lyrics and lines originally shared by our most celebrated heroes, Martin Luther King Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, the poem offers 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. The Undefeated brings together race, sports, culture, and art. Kwame Alexander will be joined in conversation with artist Kadir Nelson, moderated by Kevin Merida, senior vice president and editor-in-chief at ESPN. Approximately 45 minutes in length.

A signing of The Undefeated follows.

Self-guiding resources will be available to explore the Gallery’s collection.

From 11:00 until 3:00, the community will be invited to visit West Building Gallery M-66 and M-71 and East Building Gallery 106-B and 106-C for drop-in sketching.

The interactive conversation will take place in the East Building Auditorium, which seats 450 people. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Programs are free. No advance registration is required. Groups are welcome. Food and drink are not permitted.  Doors open at 10:00.

Questions? Email [email protected].

Kwame Alexander is the New York Times bestselling author of 28 books, including Rebound, the prequel to his Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel, The Crossover. Other works include Booked, a National Book Award nominee; The Playbook: 52 Rules to Help You Aim, Shoot, and Score in this Game of Life; and picture books Out of Wonder, Surf’s Up, and The Undefeated. The 2018 NEA Read Across America Ambassador, Kwame is also the host and producer of the literary variety/talk show Bookish, which airs on Facebook Watch; the cofounding director of the LEAP for Ghana initiative; and the founding editor of VERSIFY, an imprint of HMH Books for Young Readers.

Kadir Nelson is a two-time Caldecott Honor-winning illustrator and author of several distinguished picture books including We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. His artwork has appeared in galleries and museums around the world, as well as in The New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and The New Yorker.

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