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Arna Bontemps

Arna Bontemps: poet, writer Arnaud “Arna” Wendell Bontemps (October 13, 1902 – June 4, 1973) was an American poet, novelist and librarian, and a noted member of the Harlem Renaissance. Bontemps was born in Alexandria, Louisiana, into a Louisiana Creole family. His father, Paul Bismark Bontemps, worked as a bricklayer; his mother, Maria Carolina Pembroke,… Read More Arna Bontemps

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Jacob Lawrence

Jacob Lawrence: painter Hi there. We are on vacation from September 5th, until September 19, 2016. But the Artist Birthday Series continues! Albeit, much shorter. 🙂 Thank you so much for your continued interest in this project. When we return from our magical, mystery excursion…I’m sure there will ever-so-interesting be stories to be told. Wishing… Read More Jacob Lawrence

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Romare Bearden

Romare Bearden: multi-genre artist, writer, songwriter Romare Bearden (September 2, 1911 – March 12, 1988) was an African-American artist and writer who depicted the life around him. He worked with many types of media including cartoons, oils and collages. He was also a composer of jazz music, and author of numerous books. Born in Charlotte, North… Read More Romare Bearden

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Hilda Wilkinson Brown

Today’s Artist Birthday: Hilda Wilkinson Brown Hilda Wilkinson Brown (July 23, 1894 – July 13, 1981) was a painter and educator from Washington, DC. She was also one of the first African American female painters to achieve popular success. Mrs. Brown, who was born in Washington, graduated from the old M Street High School. She graduated from… Read More Hilda Wilkinson Brown

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James Van Der Zee

Today’s Artist Birthday: James Van Der Zee James Van Der Zee was a renowned, Harlem-based photographer known for his posed, storied pictures capturing African-American citizenry and celebrity. Following hard financial times, Van Der Zee enjoyed a resurge in his career during his later years. James Augustus Van Der Zee entered the world on June 29,… Read More James Van Der Zee