My People

by Langston Hughes and Charles R. Smith, Jr.

“The night is beautiful. / So the faces of my people.” The full-hearted... read more

“The night is beautiful. / So the faces of my people.” The full-hearted affirmation of Langston Hughes’s celebratory poem is given stirring visual accompaniment by Charles R. Smith Jr. in this volume featuring black-and-white photographs of Black faces young and old, dark and light, joyful and soulful. Smith captures his subjects from varying angles and distances, creating ever-changing interest in the design. The photographs, tinged with sepia, are striking against the black background of the pages—each face is like the sun, shining and warm. Spreads feature one to three people, sometimes as carefully juxtaposed portraits, sometimes as individuals interacting. Thumbnails of additional portraits grace some of the page borders, and larger images are featured on the endpapers of this singular volume. (Age 3 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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