knowing that we will be free one day.”
and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: …”
Normally, here at 7-Imp, I’ll open a post with an illustration, say a bit about the book, and then show some more art.
As I was telling some friends yesterday, these spreads from Kadir Nelson just blow me away. Even though I’ve seen the book multiple times. Even though I go to Kadir’s illustrations each and every time knowing that he’s mega-talented and likely to take my breath away and knock me off my feet.
So, I decided to just post all of them at once. In silence, so to speak. No talking till after you see them. Here we are then.
Besides, I couldn’t pick which one to open with. They’re all stunning.
These exquisite oil paintings come from I Have a Dream, released by Schwartz & Wade in October, the only picture book version of Dr. King’s famous speech in print. This is an excerpt of the speech, of course, but the speech in its entirety is included at the book’s close, and it also includes on CD the official recording from the March on Washington. I wrote about it at Kirkus here over a week ago, if you’d like to read more about it.
For now, I think I’ll keep staring at these spreads.
I HAVE A DREAM. Text copyright © 1963 by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., copyright renewed 1991 by Coretta Scott King, and the Heirs to the Estate of Martin Luther King, Jr. Illustrations copyright © 2012 by Kadir Nelson. Published by Schwartz & Wade Books, New York. Spreads used with permission of publisher.