Cover Reveal: We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier

Hello, Bryan Collier! Welcome back to Watch. Connect. Read.! You and Tami Charles stopped by to celebrate All Because You Matter almost exactly one year ago today. Oh, how I have loved watching people experience and share that BEAUTIFUL and NECESSARY picture book. Thank you for putting it out into the world.

Bryan Collier: Reading All Because You Matter to the world has been amazing. This book project has been a constant reminder to always acknowledge and express love for our children and one another.

Yes! Speaking of putting beautiful and necessary books out into the world, thank you for discussing We Shall Overcome with me today. I cannot wait to add it to my 2021 Books I Love presentation. Please take us on a tour of the cover. 

Bryan Collier: We Shall Overcome is a re-imagining of this familiar song of strength and struggle of the 1960's civil rights movement. In full color, a little African-American girl offers the viewer a leaf with a peace sign on it, in front of the Sixteenth St. Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, which is in black and white and historically during the 1960's civil rights movement, is where the children took their stand for peace and justice. 

Thank you for taking us on a tour of We Shall Overcome's cover! What materials did you use to create the stunning art? 

Bryan Collier: The art was created in watercolor and collage.

Please finish the following sentence starters: 

"We Shall Overcome" is an anthem used in struggles all over the world.

Did you know "We Shall Overcome" was written by Charles Albert Tindley, a Methodist preacher who was born in Berlin, Maryland, which is 25 minutes from my childhood home?

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me... is there a particular meaning as to why you chose to combine both black and white and color in this book?

Thank you, Bryan! I hope you'll answer that question the next time we chat. 

Bryan Collier loves to paint. He has successfully channeled his creative energy and love of art into an illustrious career as a children's book illustrator and writer. He began painting at the age of 15 and eventually landed a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute in New York. He has won four Caldecott Honors for Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carack Hill. His first book, Uptown, won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He has won five more Coretta Scott King Awards and three Coretta Scott King Honors.

Look for We Shall Overcome on November 2, 2021. 

Scholastic's Description: 

"We Shall Overcome" is one of the most recognizable anthems of the Civil Rights movement, widely performed at protests and rallies to promote nonviolent civil rights activism. Now, these inspirational, empowering, legendary lyrics are brought to life with the stirring, evocative, and breathtaking illustrations from multi-award winning talent Bryan Collier. Powerfully imagined for the present moment, Collier's illustrations meld the most emblematic moments of the twentieth century Civil Rights movement with the present day, depicting the movements, protests, and demonstrations-big and small-as the fight for justice continues. With illustrations full of depth, tenderness, and expression, and offering historical context while remaining powerfully relevant to the present-day, this impactful picture book is a must-have for every home, classroom, and bookshelf.


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