Hughes, Langston

I, Too, Am America

(3) K-3 Illustrated by Bryan Collier. Steeped in flag symbolism, Collier's mixed-media illustrations show Hughes's "darker brother" as a Pullman porter who collects "items left behind" and distributes passengers' newspapers, record albums, etc., to other African Americans along the train's route. As he explains in a lengthy artist's note, Collier provides a "visual story line" based on the "true actions of Pullman porters" for this iconic poem.


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