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We Shall Overcome

Illustrated by Bryan Collier   

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338540376 Hardcover
40 Pages | 10.102" x 11.580" | Ages 4 to 8

Scholastic Inc. | ISBN 9781338808247 Ebook
40 Pages | Ages 4 to 8

A celebration of the gospel anthem and Civil Rights protest song "We Shall Overcome," masterfully brought to life by Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Bryan Collier.

"We Shall Overcome" is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights activism. Now, these inspirational, empowering, legendary lyrics are brought to life with the stirring, evocative, and breathtaking illustrations from multi-award-winning talent Bryan Collier. Powerfully imagined for the present moment, Collier's illustrations meld the most emblematic moments of the twentieth-century Civil Rights movement with the present day, depicting the movements, protests, and demonstrations — big and small — as the fight for justice continues. With illustrations full of depth, tenderness, and expression, and offering historical context while remaining powerfully relevant to the present-day, this impactful picture book is a must-have for every home, classroom, and bookshelf.

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Praise for We Shall Overcome:

A Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Book of 2021

* "This thoughtful work of art comes together with beauty and meaning." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "Uplifting and inspiring, with plenty of history for those who are ready, this makes a welcome addition to civil rights picture books." — Booklist, starred review

* “Illustrating lyrics of the civil rights protest anthem “We Shall Overcome,” Collier (All Because You Matter) demonstrates the song’s continuing significance, layering dynamic, vibrantly hued images of a contemporary Black girl’s day-to-day with grayscale drawings of meaningful events in Black history—and drawing a direct link between them.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

"In this electrifying picture book, a famous gospel anthem connects the past and the present as it is reimagined with beautiful contemporary artwork." — Shelf Awareness