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My People by Langston Hughes

My People (edition 2009)

by Langston Hughes, Charles R. Smith Jr. (Illustrator)

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Title:My People
Authors:Langston Hughes
Other authors:Charles R. Smith Jr. (Illustrator)
Info:Atheneum Books for Young Readers (2009), Hardcover, 40 pages
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Tags:Langston Hughes, photography, pride, poems

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My People By: Langston Hughes Photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.
Summary: My People was a poem that was written by Langston Hughes; he wrote this poem to celebrate the pride that he had for his black brothers and sisters in the 1920’s when black people where not acknowledged very much. Charles R. Smith Jr. put photographs to the poem and created a wonderful book. Charles R. Smith Jr. wanted his readers to know that just like any other race black people come in all different shapes, sizes and ages.
Personal Review: I loved this book! I loved how the words of the poem correlated with the photographs in such a personal way. He wanted to show the “skin color as bright as the sun and as dark as the night”. Smith showed the “newness of a newborns smile and the wisdom of wrinkled skin.”
Classroom Extensions: This is a great book to introduce to students about poetry, have the students look at a photo and write an original poem explaining the photo. Another class activity could be reading this book to the class and having a class discussion on multiculturalism. ( )
  ekelley05 | Mar 20, 2017 |
When taken into context that these thoughts and poems were pre-civil rights, this provides a historical benchmark of how special this book really is. First and foremost Langston Hughes defines "his people" as beautiful, as worthy of belonging, and this is an affirmation of looking inside, projecting outward to radiate the beauty that is an integral part of self acceptance.

Highly recommended! ( )
  Whisper1 | Mar 17, 2017 |
This book expresses feelings by faces of may different people of color. It can teach self love. It is nice to see people smiling. ( )
  MarGood | Jun 8, 2016 |
Just 33 words, and about that many photos.  Plus an author's note.  A glowing book, not a heavy preachy one.  Recommended to all, joyfully. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
I really loved this version of the poem "My People" by Langston Hughes. I enjoyed this book for two reasons. Firstly, I really loved the way Langston Hughes pushes readers to broaden their perspectives and look at tough issues. Though a short poem, Hughes creates a moving piece that reminds all people to view African Americans as beautiful beings. Hughes writes, “The night is beautiful, so the faces of my people.” The poem is an important reminder for readers to not forget history.
Secondly, I love the photographs that accompany Hughes’ moving poem. With the short poem broken into small lines accompanied by a black and white photo of an African American on each page, this helps the reader slow down and reflect on the words of the poem and the mood or emotion reflected in the person's face. Reading this version of Hughes’ poem was moving. The theme of this book is to celebrate African American people. ( )
  CathiRussell | Mar 21, 2016 |
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To Charles R. Smith, the original, and all of My People
--C.R.S. Jr.
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The night is beautiful,
so the faces of my people.
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Curriculum Connection:
2nd grade Reading Standard: 2. Reading for All Purposes
Concepts and skills students master: 1. Fluent reading depends on specific skills and approaches to understanding strategies when reading v. Identify how word choice (sensory details, figurative language) enhances meaning in poetry.
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Hughes's spare yet eloquent tribute to his people has been cherished for generations. Now, acclaimed photographer Smith interprets this beloved poem in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.… (more)

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