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Tom Feelings

Biography

Tom Feelings

Tom Feelings has received numerous awards for his art in books. In 1972, he was the first African-American artist to win a Caldecott Honor, for MOJA MEANS ONE: Swahili Counting Book, and in 1975 he won a second Caldecott Honor for JAMBO MEANS HELLO: Swahili Alphabet Book, both written by Muriel Feelings. Mr. Feelings taught art at the University of South Carolina. It was during that time he published perhaps his best-known work, THE MIDDLE PASSAGE, which won the 1996 Coretta Scott King Award. Mr. Feelings was working on finishing his last picture book, I SAW YOUR FACE, a collaboration with the poet Kwame Dawes, not long before his death in 2003.

Tom Feelings

Books by Tom Feelings

Written by Tom Feelings with an introduction by Kadir Nelson, Sylviane A. Diouf, and Kamili Feelings - African American Interest, History, Nonfiction, Young Adult 13+

Alex Haley's ROOTS awakened many Americans to the cruelty of slavery. THE MIDDLE PASSAGE focuses attention on the torturous journey which brought slaves from Africa to the Americas, allowing readers to bear witness to the sufferings of an entire people.