My People

Picture Books | January 6, 2009

byLangston HughesIllustratorCharles R. Smith Jr.

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Langston Hughes''s spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

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Langston Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribue to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Charles R. Smith Jr. interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.

Langston Hughes, February 1, 1902 - May 22, 1967 Langston Hughes, one of the foremost black writers to emerge from the Harlem Renaissance, was born on February 1, 1902, in Joplin, Mo. Hughes briefly attended Columbia University before working numerous jobs including busboy, cook, and steward. While working as a busboy, he showed his poems to American poet Vachel Lindsay, who helped launch his career. He soon obtained...

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Format:Picture BooksDimensions:40 pages, 9 × 10 × 0.4 inPublished:January 6, 2009Publisher:Atheneum Books For Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1416935401

ISBN - 13:9781416935407

Appropriate for ages: 4

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Absolute Gem! This is a photographic essay based on Langston Hughes' 1920s poem "My People", and it is one of the most wonderful children's books I've ever seen. Charles R. Smith, Jr. [the photographer] dedicated this to his father, Charles R. Smith, who was a member of the US Navy. And, as an aside, you don't have to be 'black' to enjoy 'My People' [or any other Hughes poem], but then, just how many of us can really trace our ancestry back more than 2-3 generations??? I would are highly recommend any of Charles R. Smith's children's books !
Date published: 2011-11-15