Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace
For four decades, Newbery Honoree and Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Ashley Bryan (Freedom over Me; Can't Scare Me) kept his military experiences in World War II a secret. When at 19, the U.S. Army drafted him, Bryan encountered something entirely foreign to him: segregation. "While I had experienced prejudice in my lifetime... I had never experienced segregation before." Infinite Hope is Bryan's account of the war and the people, art and determination that carried him through. Sketches and paintings he mailed home enrich this autobiography and show the depth of its subject. Juxtaposing the historical photographs with Bryan's work contributes to readers' understanding of both the artist's perspective and his wartime experiences.
Infinite Hope is a must for every library, public and personal. Whether readers enjoy history, literature or art, this book captures the intersection of them all in the life of a man who has made a lasting impression on the world. --Jen Forbus, freelancer