A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the 1963 March on Washington

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Henry Holt & Company
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8.81 X 11.12 X 0.46 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford, a two-time NAACP Image Award winner, has authored more than sixty books, including the Newbery Honor title Box: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom and four Caldecott Honor Books, among them Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom and Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre. She is a professor at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Rob Sanders is a former elementary school teacher who writes funny and fierce fiction and nonfiction. He is recognized as one of the pioneers in the arena of LGBTQIA+ literary nonfiction picture books. Rob is the acclaimed author of titles such as Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag; Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution.; Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights; and Mayor Pete: The Story of Pete Buttigieg. He lives in Brandon, Florida.

Byron McCray is an artist and graphic designer who proudly represents his hometown of Brooklyn, New York. His passion for color, music of all genres, and telling the stories of Black culture is expressed through mixed-media portraiture and a diverse clientele of corporate businesses and community-based organizations. Today, he paints to the soundtrack of rhythm and blues while living in Connecticut with his husband, Nicholas, and dog, aptly named Brooklyn. A Song for the Unsung is his debut picture book as an illustrator.

"A rare tribute to a heroic figure of the civil rights movement . . . McCray captures both a sense of the time's widespread turmoil and of the march's grand "mosaic of Americans" in collages that incorporate acrylics, scraps of newspaper, music, and decorated papers . . . Effectively raises the profile of an African American crusader who was stigmatized for more than his race alone." --Kirkus Reviews

"McCray's gorgeous collage-and-acrylic illustrations make the book truly memorable, with newsprint and sheet music (often from the gospel and protest songs referenced on each page) adding motion to the rich, saturated hues." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"A splendid tribute to a true hero of the civil rights movement." -Booklist, starred review