January 28, 2020

BLACK IS A RAINBOW COLOR

Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy and Ekua Holmes is celebratory, historically-rooted poetry about Black representation in America.


A child reflects on the color black. Why isn't in the rainbow? And what does its absence mean? She has black crayons and black braids, but black is more than that a color left out of the rainbow. Black is the blues, Thurgood Marshall's robe, and faith in a future freedom. Black is community, inspiration, and heart, and its beauty is everywhere as it continues to grow and reflect a collective shared cultural history. Included in the back of the book are a playlist, activists' poetry, bibliography, timeline of Black ethnonyms in America (from negro to colored person to African American to Black) and an explanation of each illustrated spread. Joy and Holmes worked together to have each spread relate back to key moments throughout Black American history. With bright colors alternately free-floating and surrounded by thick black lines, this celebration of Black culture is a beacon of positivity and warmth.



Black Is a Rainbow Color published earlier this month from Roaring Brook Press.



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