A Song So Black, So Proud!
R. J. Owens (Author) Keisha Okafor (Illustrator)
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DescriptionWritten on a napkin and released just months after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the song "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" became an anthem and rallying cry for the civil rights movement, as well as a celebration of Black culture and community. The song was penned in 1968 by singer James Brown in response to the rising racial tensions throughout the United States. Now, in first-person lyrical text, the iconic song speaks for itself, narrating the elements and moments that inspired its creation. The song continues to inspire and resonate today. It's been covered by artists like Usher and anchored Spotify's Black Lives Matter playlist. Readers of all ages will be encouraged to lift their own voices in a celebration of Black pride and identity.
Sleeping Bear Press
August 15, 2023
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About the Author
R.J. Owens is the author of several picture books for young readers, including Walk the Walk. A Song So Black, So Proud! was inspired by James Brown's transformation as an artist during the civil rights movement, culminating in his creation of the timeless self-pride anthem "Say It Loud--I'm Black and I'm Proud." R.J. is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and an avid student of popular music who never leaves home without his blues harp. Keisha Okafor is a Nigerian American artist and designer whose work depicts joy and celebrates people. She captures the vibrancy of everyday moments in her bold texture-rich designs that celebrate her heritage and community. Keisha has worked with companies that include YouTube, Google Play, WeTransfer, and Visa. In her personal time, you can find Keisha maintaining her Animal Crossing island or belting out her favorite Spice Girls tracks.