March 13, 2024

Blood & Water:
Illustrating “The Negro Speaks of Rivers”

Langston Hughes’ legacy continues to inspire artists across mediums today. Award-winning illustrator Afua Richardson, who has worked for Marvel, DC, and Image, created a comic book for NPR in 2014 based on one of Hughes’ most recognizable poems “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” which he wrote at just 17 years old.

You can watch Richardson’s video, created from these panels, here:

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