by Langston Hughes, E. B. Lewis (Illustrator)
Langston Hughes has long been acknowledged as the voice, and his poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers, the song, of the Harlem Renaissance. Although he was only seventeen when he composed it, Hughes already had the insight to capture in words the strength and courage of black people in America.
Artist E.B. Lewis acts as interpreter and visionary, using watercolor to pay tribute to Hughes's timeless poem, a poem that every child deserves to know.
The Washington Post - Kristi Jemtegaard
In The Negro Speaks of Rivers, illustrator E. B. Lewis…uses watercolors to capture as well the path of sunlight across a wide river, the watery interplay of waves along a beach, even the cracked clay bottom of a wadi gone to dust. In the stunning self-portrait that accompanies the line "My soul has grown deep like the rivers," painter and poet seem, for a moment, to have merged, awed by the power of this primal element, humbled by its beauty.
Hardcover: 32 pages