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Kwame Alexander's A Thousand Words On Race And Hope

Dec 4, 2020

Black lives matter. The words are simple, but to put them into practice is a necessary and radical act.

NPR correspondent and New York Times bestselling author, Kwame Alexander’s new book, "Light for the World," is a powerful and provocative collection of poems that cut to the heart of the entrenched racism and oppression in America and eloquently explores ongoing events.

A book in the tradition of James Baldwin’s “A Report from Occupied Territory,” "Light for the World to See" is a lyrical response to the struggles of Black lives in our world . . . to America’s crisis of conscience . . . to the centuries of loss, endless resilience, and unstoppable hope.

Alexander is the bestselling author of 32 books including the Newbery Medal-winning middle grade novel "The Crossover" and the 2020 Caldecott Medal-winning picture book "The Undefeated."