WE ARE THE SHIP: The Story of Negro League Baseball.

Nelson, Kadir (Foreword by Hank Aaron)

Published by New York: Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, (2008.) dj
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SIGNED hardcover - Later printing. The first book both written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson. Foreword by Hank Aaron. Frontispiece of Buck O'Neil (to whom this book is dedicated.) A story of gifted athletes, determined owners and racial discrimination, but most of all it is about the unsung heroes who battled segregation, terrible conditions and low pay to do the one thing they loved the most - play baseball. SIGNED by Nelson on the title page Includes lists of Negro Leaguers who made it to the major leagues and Negro Leaguers in the National Baseball Hall of Fame. End Note. Bibliography. Filmography. End Notes. Index. Winner of the Siebert Medal and two Coretta Scott King awards (gold medal for text; honor award for art). A wonderful book with Nelson's powerful paintings,including some large fold-out spreads, and his informative text. Large format. 88 pp. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory #

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"We are the ship; all else the sea."-Rube Foster, founder of the Negro National League

The story of Negro League baseball is the story of gifted athletes and determined owners; of racial discrimination and international sportsmanship; of fortunes won and lost; of triumphs and defeats on and off the field. It is a perfect mirror for the social and political history of black America in the first half of the twentieth century. But most of all, the story of the Negro Leagues is about hundreds of unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions, and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.

Using an "Everyman" player as his narrator, Kadir Nelson tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947. The voice is so authentic, you will feel as if you are sitting on dusty bleachers listening intently to the memories of a man who has known the great ballplayers of that time and shared their experiences. But what makes this book so outstanding are the dozens of full-page and double-page oil paintings-breathtaking in their perspectives, rich in emotion, and created with understanding and affection for these lost heroes of our national game.

We Are the Ship is a tour de force for baseball lovers of all ages.

About the Author: Kadir Nelson's paintings have been exhibited in many galleries and museums around the world, including the Simon Wiesenthal Center, the Museum of Tolerance, and the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences in Los Angeles; the Museum of African American History in Detroit; the Smithsonian Anacostia Museum in Washington D.C.; and the Society of Illustrators and the Studio Museum in Harlem in New York, as well as many others.

Nelson is the illustrator of many books for children. Among the best known are Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford, an NAACP Image Award winner, a Caldecott Honor Book, and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner; Ellington Was Not a Street by Ntozake Shange, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner; Please, Baby, Please and Please, Puppy, Please, by Spike Lee and Tonya Lewis Lee; and Will Smith's Just the Two of Us, also an NAACP Image Award winner. We Are the Ship is the first book Nelson has written and illustrated.

Kadir Nelson lives with his family in California. Visit his Web site, www.kadirnelson.com.

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Publisher: New York: Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, (2008.) dj

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