It was so much more than a speech, it was a celebration of poetry as an oral tradition. Bryan had the audience of adults actively participating in a call and response rendition of Langston Hughes' short little poem, "Baby." "Baby" can be found in The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes [811 HUG].
The video below, is of a little girl who very likely had also seen Ashley Bryan!
My good friend, Andy, was so taken by Bryan's use of poetry, that she has now incorporated "Baby" into her kindergarten curriculum!
We recently added to our collection, Words to My Life's Song, a children's autobiography of Ashley Bryan [J B BRY].
Told through drawings and photographs, the author's autobiography demonstrates his love for art and drawing which always sustained him even though he was turned away from art school because of his color.
You can listen to Bryan on this audio collection: I, Too, Sing America: Three Centuries of African American Poetry [J AB/CD 811 I]. Enjoy!
This week's Poetry Friday Round-Up is being held at Mommy's Favorite Children's Books.