Strong, confrontational, defiant, and proud, this story of black history and black lives provides a powerful reading experience. Luminous hyper-realistic images and photorealism techniques produce accurate and realistic representations of people who have traditionally not been represented accurately. Nelson’s use of light and shadow, and deep shifting hues and tones, give a sense of movement. Whilst confident use of negative space, particularly on the “unspeakable” and, therefore, undrawable pages, encourage the reader to slow down. Moving, horrifying, but ultimately joyful, proud and hopeful The Undefeated leaves an indelible impression upon the reader.
From New York Times bestselling-author Kwame Alexander comes this powerful and important ode to black history: the strength and bravery of everyday people and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world’s greatest artists, athletes, and activists.
With references to lyrics and lines originally shared by our most celebrated heroes, this poem digs into the not-so-distant past to underline the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.