* Another kudo for Kadir

February 3, 2009

The American Library Association recently named Kadir Nelson winner of the Coretta Scott King Award for best author for We Are the Ship, the story of Negro leagues baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through its decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.

“Using an ‘Everyman’ player as his narrator, Nelson tells of the unsung heroes who overcame segregation, hatred, terrible conditions and low pay to do the one thing they loved more than anything else in the world: play ball.”

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