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I Too Sing America Limited Edition Print

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This limited edition giclée print by artist Bryan Collier beautifully reproduces the original watercolor and collage work titled I, Too, Sing America. Printed on archival paper using a high-quality inkjet printer, each print is signed by the artist, one of a limited edition of 300, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. This strong and affirming image beautifully illustrates the stirring words of poet Langston Hughes in the children's book I, Too, Am America, and is a lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and that they always will. 

Bryan Collier is a beloved illustrator known for his unique style combining watercolor and detailed collage. He is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a six-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award recipient. Collier pursued a career in children's illustration after an experience in a bookstore: the books he saw did not look or feel or sound like him or his children. He decided to change that.

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.
Tomorrow,
I’ll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody’ll dare
Say to me,
“Eat in the kitchen,”
Then.
Besides,
They’ll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed—
I, too, am America.
  • approx 15.5 x 22"
  • Watercolor/Collage
  • 300 s/n limited edition giclée
  • Illustration from I, Too, Am America, written by Langston Hughes, item #21591

Bryan Collier uses watercolor and collage to create his masterful illustrations. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Collier pursued a career in children’s illustration after feeling like the current children’s book market had no connection to him or his children. He decided to change that. While at Pratt, he was a volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Art Studio located within the Harlem Hospital Center. The center is open to the children of the hospital as well as the children of the community. He later became the Program Director, a position he held for twelve years. He continues to volunteer for the organization to this day. Collier has since received numerous awards for his writing and illustrations, including four Caldecott Honors, and nine Coretta Scott King Awards (three honors and six winners). 

Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children's Books is the first exhibition to delve into the events, people, and themes of the civil rights movement through children’s picture books. This exhibition showcases picture books—one of the most compelling forms of visual expression—as an effective bridge between art and storytelling, championing aspects of the movement that are both celebrated and forgotten.

Item Number: 21825