The Old African

written by Julius Lester, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

An unusual, complex, and thought-provoking story in which the Old African is the keeper of a power that brings comfort and, ultimately, salvation to his people.

A complex, novella-length allegory about spirit, memory, and freedom in which the Old African is the keeper of a spiritual power that can enter the minds of others and take away their pain. He uses this power to take his people on an incredible journey home. The compelling illustrations, glowing with color and swirling with action, beautifully depict the dramatic escape fantasy, but they never deny the horror.

Helpful Hint

Based on a legend about Ebo Landing, GA, where a group of slaves walked into the water, saying they were walking to Africa.