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.
Photographs and text adapted from "New York Times" articles trace Barack Obama's journey from his birth in Hawaii, through his political career in Chicago and his primary and presidential campaigns, to his inauguration in 2009.
In the summer of 1968, after traveling from Brooklyn to California, to spend a month with the mother they barely know, eleven-year-old Delphine and her two younger sisters arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their mother, a dedicated poet and printer, is resentful of the intrusion of their visit and wants them to attend a nearby Black Panther summer camp.
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