It's hard to find all the words that fit Ashley Bryan: he writes, collects folklore, sings, teaches and recites. Bryan speaks with Dick about the Harlem Renaissance, Black American spirituals and the power of voice. [See more photos of Ashley's work here.]
Sixty-nine years ago this week, children's book author and artist Ashley Bryan was in a segregated Army unit, waiting off-shore for D-Day to begin. He and other African-American soldiers in his unit were responsible for bringing supplies onto the beaches. He kept a sketchbook in his gas mask and drew when he could. "It kept me connected to my humanity," he says.