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The Fierce 44

Black Americans Who Shook Up the World

Robert Ball (Illustrator), The Staff of The Undefeated


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A dynamic and hip collective biography that presents forty-four of Americas greatest movers and shakers, from Frederick Douglass to Aretha Franklin to Barack Obama, written by ESPNs and illustrated with dazzlingportraits by Rob Ball.

Meet forty-four of Americas most impressive heroes in this collective biography of African American figures authored by the team at ESPNs

From visionaries to entrepreneurs, athletes to activists, the Fierce 44arebeacons of brilliance, perseverance, and excellence. Each short biography is accompanied by a compelling portrait by Robert Ball, whose bright, graphic art pops off the page.

Bringing household names like Serena Williams and Harriet Tubman together with lesser-known but highly deserving figures such as Robert Abbott and Dr. Charles Drew, this collection is a celebration of all that African Americans have achieved, despite everything they have had to overcome.

HMH Books for Young Readers, 9781328940629, 96pp.

Publication Date: December 24, 2019

About the Author

Robert Ball has been a practicing graphic designer since 2000, and has illustrated throughout his career. His work carries the dynamism of comic-book art, mixed with an eye for the absurd, influenced by a misspent youth poring over the pages of Marvel comics and 2000AD.

TheUndefeated.comis a website owned by ESPN that focuses on the intersection of sports, race, and culture.