Saturday, January 31, 2009

Kadir Nelson

Art by Kadir Nelson: "Jackie Robinson steals home past Cleveland Buckeye catcher, Quincy Trouppe."

From a Dodgers press release:

Second Annual Jackie Robinson Legacy Day: A Celebration of Life

The [Dodgers Community] Caravan begins [today], January 31 on the eve of "Black History Month," with a tribute to Jackie Robinson on what would have been the pioneering Dodger Hall of Famer's 90th birthday. Several hundred Los Angeles school children will come to Dodger Stadium to hear Dodger Legends Don Newcombe, "Sweet Lou" Johnson, and Tommy Davis, and artist and author Kadir Nelson speak about Jackie Robinson's impact on society. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Stadium Club.

I've had Nelson's book, We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball, unread in front of me for far too long, and this press release was the perfect reminder to take a look at it. The artwork is AMAZING, and Nelson has provided an informative historical narrative to accompany his paintings.

The book is highly recommended, and if anyone meets Nelson at the Caravan today—let us know!

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (Hyperion)

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball (

The Art of Kadir Nelson (official website)

interview with Kadir Nelson (Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast)


Anonymous said...

Kadir Nelson is an amazing artist. I have heard of this book and need to get off my butt and put an order in.

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