New! Just released Jan 2020
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“At a time when most African Americans were still enslaved Charles Tindley was born free. His childhood was far from easy with backbreaking hours in the fields and no opportunity to go to school. But the spirituals he heard as he worked made him long to know how to read the Gospel for himself. Late at night he taught himself to read from scraps of newspapers. From those small scraps young Charles raised himself to become a founding father of American gospel music whose hymn was the basis for the Civil Rights anthem We Shall Overcome.”–Provided by publisher.
“Weatherford weaves the words of hymns the figure wrote into lines that describe his slow steady rise . . . until he became pastor of an urban church with 15 000 parishioners and wrote dozens of hymns for them to sing. Collier creates one compelling watercolor and collage spread after another from a view of the small boy shadowed by tall trees as he trudges to church to congregants joined in song with Tindley at the pulpit. . . . Weatherford artfully champions Tindley’s achievements and Collier portrays both the man and his life events with memorable visual power.”–Publishers Weekly