Ashley Bryan, renowned author and illustrator, lived to create. And throughout his long life, he created much joy in the lives of others. Bryan — also a poet, painter, and a musician — brought the richness of African culture, the vibrance of Black American spirituality and tradition, and the lost voices of enslaved people, to books read by children and adults of all races. He is one of the main reasons a large body of children’s literature today is illustrated with people of color.
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