Dear Benjamin Banneker
Publication Date: September 1998
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Benjamin Banneker was born free when most blacks in this country were still enslaved. But it troubled him that not all blacks were free. An accomplished astronomer and mathematician, he decided to take a stand against slavery by writing to then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. This is the story of their extraordinary correspondence.
Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including "The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums", and "Duke Ellington". He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children. His and Andrea's latest collaboration, "Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down", was on "the New York Times" bestseller list for three weeks.
Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.
He has been published by Greenwillow Books, Hyperion Books for Young Readers, Harcourt Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. His work has also appeared in "New York Times Magazine, Women's Day, Business Tokyo, Ebony Man", and "Instructor".