A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the 1963 March on Washington by Weatherford, Carole Boston

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

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A singular, richly illustrated picture book biography of Bayard Rustin, the gay Black man behind the March on Washington of 1963, by the acclaimed authors of Unspeakable: the Tulsa Race Massacre and Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag.

On August 28, 1963, a quarter of a million activists and demonstrators from every corner of the United States convened for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was there and then that they raised their voices in unison to call for racial and economic justice for all Black Americans, to call out inequities, and ultimately to advance the Civil Rights Movement.

Every movement has its unsung heroes: individuals who work in the background without praise or accolades, who toil and struggle without notice. One of those unsung heroes was at the center of some of the most important decisions and events of the Civil Rights Movement.

That hero was a quiet man, a gay African American man. He was Bayard Rustin.

Carole Boston Weatherford and Rob Sanders's A Song for the Unsung, featuring illustrations from artist Byron McCray, is an inspiring story that answers one of our nation's greatest calls to action by honoring one of the men who made it happen.

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

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford, Rob Sanders
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Published: 11/08/2022
Pages: 40
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.93lbs
Size: 11.12h x 8.81w x 0.46d
ISBN: 9781250779502
Audience: Ages 9-12

Review Citation(s):
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2022
Publishers Weekly 10/10/2022
Bulletin of Ctr for Child Bks 11/01/2022
Booklist 12/01/2022 pg. 118
Horn Book Magazine 01/01/2023 pg. 114

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.

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