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In We Flew over the Bridge, one of the country's preeminent African American artists-and award-winning children's book authors-shares the fascinating story of her life. Faith Ringgold's artworks-startling "story quilts," politically charged paintings, and more-hang in the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, and other major museums around the world, as well as in the private collections of Maya Angelou, Bill Cosby, and Oprah Winfrey. Her children's books, including the Caldecott Honor Book Tar Beach, have sold hundreds of thousands of copies. But Ringgold's path to success has not been easy. In this gorgeously illustrated memoir, she looks back and shares the story of her struggles, growth, and triumphs. Ringgold recollects how she had to surmount a wall of prejudices as she worked to refine her artistic vision and raise a family. At the same time, the story she tells is one of warm family memories and sustaining friendships, community involvement, and hope for the future.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780822335641
ISBN-10: 0822335646
Format: Paperback
(230mm x 194mm x 17mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: Duke University Press
Publisher: Duke University Press
Publish Date: 11-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold was born in Harlem in 1930. She began painting more than forty years ago, and has exhibited in museums in the United States, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. In addition to Tar Beach, the children's books she has written and illustrated include Aunt Harriet's Underground Railroad in the Sky, If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, and My Dream of Martin Luther King. Ringgold has received more than seventy-five awards, fellowships, citations, and honors, including seventeen honorary doctorates. She lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

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