StoryWalk® at Decatur Public Library
Begin at the sidewalk closest to Lee Street (on the 6th Avenue side of the Library) and follow it around our building. You will read the Langston Hughes poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers” as illustrated by E. B. Lewis. The StoryWalk® ends at Margarete’s Garden, on the Cherry Street side of our building.
Tuesday, February 2nd – Friday, March 19th
Decatur Public Library
504 Cherry Street NE
Decatur, Alabama 35601
About the Book
The Negro Speaks of Rivers
Written by Langston Hughes & Illustrated by E.B. Lewis
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.
CORETTA SCOTT KING AWARD WINNER
CLICK HERE to check the online catalog for availability of The Negro Speaks of Rivers.
About the Author & Illustrator
Langston Hughes, born February 1st in 1902 (it is thought), was an American writer and important figure in the Harlem Renaissance. Hughes made the African American experience the subject of his writings, which ranged from poetry and plays to novels and newspaper columns. To read his full biography, visit: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Langston-Hughes
E.B. Lewis, the award winning illustrator and fine artist, has illustrated over seventy books for children, including many award winners. Inspired by two artist uncles, as early as the third grade, Lewis displayed artistic promise. Beginning in the sixth grade, he attended the Saturday Morning Art League and studied with Clarence Wood. Lewis attended the Temple University Tyler School of Art, where, he discovered his medium of preference was watercolor.
During his four years at Temple, Lewis majored in Graphic Design, Illustration and Art Education. After graduating, he taught art in public schools for twelve years. Presently, E.B. teaches at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He is also a member of The Society of Illustrators in New York City, and an artist member of Salamagundi Art Club of New York.
In 2003, the Kerlan Collection at the University of Minnesota purchased a collection of original watercolors from E.B.’s first fifty children’s books. Today, his works are displayed in museums, owned by private collectors, and sold by art galleries throughout the United States and Europe. CLICK HERE to visit his website and learn more about his art and illustration.
The StoryWalk® Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration the Kellogg Hubbard Library. StoryWalk® is a registered service mark owned by Ms. Ferguson.