Don't Hold Me Back by Winfred Rembert
My Life and Art

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Winfred Rembert grew up in the 1950s in rural Georgia as the child of sharecroppers whose lives were little better than slavery. As a young man, he was nearly lynched, and served seven years in jail and on a chain gang. Yet he constantly found ways to create, to invent, to uplift. As a child, he made toys from pieces of junk at the town dump. In prison, he watched a leather worker and learned to carve and paint the leather himself. Now, in his own voice and through his powerful paintings, he shares with a new generation of young people his story and his passionate commitment to self-improvement.
Reminiscent of the work of Jacob Lawrence and Horace Pippin, the paintings? rich, deep colors and poignant details powerfully narrate a story of personal courage and exceptional talent. At the same time, Rembert shows how the civil rights movement was not just a matter of famous speechs and marches, but was a product of the bonds of the black community and the unbreakable spirit of individuals

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Published October 10, 2003 by Cricket Books. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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The story of Rembert’s life and late-developing artistic career is most significant as a first-person account of the racism still faced by African-Americans nearly 100 years after the abolishment of slavery.

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His narrative style is fresh and colloquial, e.g., of working long days in the cotton fields, he writes that he labored " 'from can't to can't'—you go when you can't see and you come back when you can't see."

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