The night is beautiful So the faces of my people. The stars are beautiful So the eyes of my people. Beautiful, also, is the sun. Beautiful, also, are the souls of my people. --"My People" by Langston Hughes What does it mean to be black? What does it mean to be African-American? What is the black experience? The spirited voices of twenty-six African-American poets speak to these and other questions in fifty collected poems that explore the African-American world. The rich words of this treasury rang out for the first time over twenty years ago, and will continue to shout their message for years to come.