The Undefeated
The Undefeated
The Undefeated

The Undefeated

An ode to Black American triumph and tribulation.

This poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes.

The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present.

  • Written by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Kadir Nelson
  • Hardcover, 40 pages
  • Ages 6 to 9
  • Published April 2019
  • Highly acclaimed, award-winning book - Caldecott Medal 2020, Newbery Medal Nominee 2020, National Book Award Nominee, Coretta Scott King Book Award 2020 

"[A] powerful tribute to the African-American experience, replete with joy and pride in the accomplishments of individual artists and athletes, leaders, and thinkers.... Poetry knows when to lean forward and when to pull back, and in 'The Undefeated, ' Alexander has walked that line perfectly. This book will fill readers with a sense of the wealth and the cost of history." --New York Times Book Review