Sunday, January 30, 2011

James Mercer Langston Hughes February 1, 1902-May 22, 1967

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

My People, Langston Hughes

The night is beautiful,
so the faces of my people.
The stars are beautiful
so the eyes of my people.
Beautiful, also, is the sun.
Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people.

A book that brings this poem to life, My People by Charles R. Smith Jr.  won the 2010 Coretta Scott King award. What is noteworthy is that Charles Smith is the first photographer to ever win this Award for his photographs as illustrations. In his own words, “My People isn’t just about family. It’s also abort identity and being comfortable in your own skin.”

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