by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrated by Frank Morrison
Carole Boston Weatherford reinterprets this traditional hymn as a rhythmic meditation on Black history. Celebrating grace and dignity in the face of oppression, the lyrical text is accompanied by portraits of historic and contemporary leaders of Black culture. Illustrator Frank Morrison was recognized with the 2023 Coretta Scott King award for illustration for this book. His portraits fill each page, centering the subjects as larger than life, yet vulnerable and relatable. These portraits are expanded by an informative section in the back of the book, as well as a moving and personal author's note. Weatherford reflects on her own relationship to this spiritual and the power of faith "However simple, prayers express inner feelings of joy, sadness, gratitude, grief, conflict, and compassion. And prayer is accessible to all."
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