Jacob Lawrence was the first African American artist. His success began at the age of 24, and lasted until he died, in 2000. He is best known for his "Migration" series or paintings, where he shows the migration of blacks from Africa, to the United States. This series focuses mainly on their history in the south. Throughout his life, he won many awards and a lot of recognition for his works.
Aaron Douglas was the Harlem Renaissance artist whose work best showed the "New Negro" philosophy. He painted murals for public buildings and produced illustrations and cover designs for many black publications. In 1940 he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he founded the Art Department at Fisk University and taught for 29 years.
Lois Jones attended the School of Museum of Fine Art, in Boston. During a time of strong discrimination against African Americans, she entered her works into exhibitions that did not recognize African American artist by having white friends deliver the paintings. In other cases, prizes awarded to her were taken away and given to her white competitors. Despite these challenges Jones prevailed as an artist.
"Mother to son" Langston Hughes
"The Negro Speaks of rivers"
When my dreams are deferred I do not like the way it makes me feel. I like accomplishing my goal and feeling important and proud. I think your dreams when they are deferred do "Dry up like a raisin in the sun?"
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