Wow. If you haven’t read “Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton,” written by poet and illustrator Don Tate, you have missed out! As an added bonus, teachers can also find excellent lesson plans on Don Tate’s website. Listen to Don Tate read the beginning of his own beautiful work:
George Moses Horton was a slave who taught himself to read, then wrote and even sold poetry in Chapel Hill on the campus of the University of North Carolina. I’ve lived here since 1983 but had never heard of this gifted man until now. Don Tate’s prose does justice to the talented poet who was eventually freed after the Civil War. Our children need to read books like this. Tate not only touches our hearts and consciences about the savagery of slavery, but shares a story of hope and resilience. This book is a keeper.