My People

My People by Langston Hughes, photographs by Charles R. Smith, Jr.

Langston Hughes’ powerful and simple poem is brilliantly accompanied by Charles R. Smith’s transcendent photographs.  Each photograph illustrates the beauty, depth and soul of being an African-American today.  From close ups of lined hands to the joy of a baby’s giggle, the photographs span ages.  The photographs are clear, purposefully done and gripping.

Highly recommended, this book belongs in every public library.  It is a joy to read the powerful poem and have it illustrated with such skill.  Appropriate for all ages.