I wish I could have seen the exhibit for Kadir Nelson presented by Calvin College. It was held in conjunction with Festival of Faith and Writing and was called Beauty of the Spirit: Paintings and Illustrations by Kadir Nelson. Kadir Nelson gave new life to Ellen Levine’s edition of Henry’s Freedom Box with his detailed illustrations. Kadir showed the sorrow and pain, happiness, hard work and determination in Henry’s story. In Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led her People to Freedom Carole Boston Weatherford tells of the struggle of slave life while Kadir does a fantastic job of illustrating the determination for freedom from it. He has illustrated books for Debbie Allen, Spike and Tonya Lee and Jerdine Nolen. And Kadir knows Hip Hop as you can see from the work he has done with Hip Hop artists like Tupac& Biggie, NeoSoul, Ecay Uno and others in the entertainment industry. He did art work for the movie Spirit, stallion of Cimarron. Now he is the author of his own book We Are the Ship:the story of Negro League baseball. But what I like most are the old time portraits that portray a lot of character in the faces, body, hands and feet. Check Kadir Nelson out and see how well he does the future and the past!
Henry's Freedom Box