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Aaron Douglas “Father of Black American Art"

We celebrate Aaron Douglas as the “Father of Black American Art”

One of the many things that struck me about Douglas is his portrayal of Black women. Theartstory.com says: throughout his career, Douglas was interested in the representation of Black women. Douglas said “we are possessed with the idea that it is necessary to be white, to be beautiful. Nine times out of ten it is just the reverse...”

According to Amy Kirschke, Douglas’s amazing success was greatly influenced by 2 women in his life which included his mother, Elizabeth who encouraged his interest in visual arts and his wife, Alta Sawyer who had a “strong role in his creative process and his unique and progressive view of beauty in a time when African American features in portraiture were rarely celebrated.”

Representation matters. When we see ourselves depicted in beauty and strength, we can see truth.

It’s true that I am beautiful

My skin does glow like gold

My shade of chocolate is just right

My wide nose is beautiful

My full lips are perfect


Thank you Aaron Douglas for celebrating Black women in you work!


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