Tom Feelings (May 19, 1933 – August 25, 2003) was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the School of the Visual Arts, and later lived in Ghana and Guyana. He was a cartoonist, children’s book illustrator, author, teacher, and activist. Through his works, he framed the African-American experience.
Feelings was the recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a 1972 Caldecott Medal Honor recipient for his book Moja Means One: Swahili Counting Book. His Feelings’ children's book, the one for which he is best known, Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo won a 1996 Coretta Scott King Award. In addition, it won a special commendation at the 1996 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award ceremonies.