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Poetry Friday: My People

Happy Poetry Friday and National Poetry Month! I am happy to report that poetry is alive and well in the Children's Room. Yesterday, I had a preschooler ask for My People by Langston Hughes. When I brought the book with its powerful black-and-white photography by Charles R. Smith, Jr. to the little girl and put it in her hands, she chanted my people, my people, my people as she hugged it to her chest.

It fills my heart to know that another generation is discovering the inspiring and beautiful words of Langston Hughes. His legacy lives on, rightfully so. His words will comfort them during hard times and dare them to dream. I can only imagine his pride and the pride of our own Augusta Baker who shared his words with children long ago.

So, for our first Poetry Friday, please savor this masterful poem:

My People

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.

--Langston Hughes

Check out more of Langston Hughes wonderful work and share it with your family.

Hungry for more poetry? Visit or call closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend other great poets to keep Poetry Friday going all week long.


Lullaby by Langston Hughes
Heather M. Says: P Hughes
Amazon Says: “My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston more...
Amazon Says: “My little dark baby, / My little earth-thing, / My little love-one, / What shall I sing / For your lullaby?" With a few simple words as smooth as a song, the poet Langston Hughes celebrates the love between an African American mother and her baby. The award-winning illustrator Sean Qualls’s painted and collaged artwork captures universally powerful maternal moments with tenderness and whimsy. In the end, readers will find a rare photo of baby Hughes and his mother, a biographical note, further reading, and the complete lullaby. Like little love-ones, this beautiful book is a treasure. less...