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Black History: Painters & Artists

Black History: Painters & Artists

Heart and Soul

Featured Artist: Ashley Bryan: Ashley Bryan grew up in the Bronx in New York City. When he was a little boy his parents noticed right away that he loved to draw and paint and make things. They did everything they could to make sure he had art supplies to create things with. After he graduated from high school he wanted to go to college and study art. He interviewed for a spot at an art institute.

The interviewer stated that mine was the best portfolio that he had seen. However, he also informed me that it would be a waste to give a scholarship to a colored person.

The best artist…but no scholarship because of the color of his skin. Fortunately for all of us, Ashley listened to good advice from his parents. They told him to not let anyone or anything ever stop him from doing what he loves. Ashley persevered. He attended the Cooper Union School of Art and Engineering and Columbia University. He studied art in France and Germany too.

Ashley has taught art, written and illustrated books and created countless beautiful things that you can see in this book: stained glass windows, paintings, sculptures, puppets and more. There is one picture in this book that shows Ashley at home in a room full of his creations. It’s like looking at an I Spy picture of wonderful things. I would love to wonder through his studio, pull up a stool and begin creating something. When you read this book written in his own words, you’ll realize that if you did walk into his studio, that is exactly what he would want you to do. Author: Ashley Bryan

 

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Books by Ashley Bryan:

LetShinePoetryThunder>AshleyStableScare

Books about African American Art & Artists:

ArtHeartBlack StarsOne Last WordWakeRenaissanceWomenWingsPippinBeardenSewing StoriesTannerHappenedStoryPainterDave

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Meet the Author: Charles R. Smith Jr.

Meet the Author: Charles R. Smith Jr.


Books:

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Meet the Author: Tanita Davis

Meet the Author: Tanita Davis

Too Shy for Show and Tell

 

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.


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Black History: Musicians & Singers

Black History: Musicians & Singers

Sweethearts of Rhythm

Featured Musicians: The Sweethearts of Rhythm The Sweethearts of Rhythm were a real all girl band that traveled around the country in the 1930s and 1940s. The band was unusual because it was all girls and because it was integrated.

One reason the girls got this chance is World War II. A lot of men were fighting in the war so it was easier for a girl band to get gigs. Once they did, they became popular because they were so good.

Sometimes the band had trouble because it was integrated. When the band played in the South they had to sleep on their tour bus because it was illegal there for black and white people to be in the same restaurant or hotel. Sometimes the girls had to wear disguises to hide the fact that their skin color was not all the same.

The author tells the story of the Sweethearts in poems and she uses the rhythms of jazz music in her poetry. It’s not like reading a book of facts. Read the poems, look at the great pictures and then don’t forget to read the author’s note in the back.


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Here are some more books that highlight African American music, composers, singers & musicians from slave work songs to spirituals to songs of the civil rights movement::
ABZ JazzMusicians Rock Band
Nothing Last Sweet Hollow
Voice Nobody Saturday Flo
Blackbird Josephine Dream Billie
Marion Louis Duke Bessie
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African American Music in Indiana

From the 1870s to the 1950s, Indiana Avenue in Indianapolis served as the focal point of Indianapolis’s black community. Originally called Indiana Street, the Avenue begins at the intersection of Illinois and Ohio Streets and extends northwest. While the Avenue was originally settled by German and Irish immigrants, by 1870 one-third of Indianapolis’s black population lived near Indiana Avenue. The black population in Indianapolis surged in the early 1900s as blacks migrated to the city from the South.

FocusOnIndianaSmallThe Indiana Avenue businesses included restaurants, saloons, grocery stores, clothing stores, hair stylists, barber shops, a hotel, and more. Some of the most famous businesses on the Avenue were the Indianapolis Recorder (a black newspaper) and the Walker Building (which housed a casino and theatre, offices, a beauty college, drugstore, and restaurant.) In the 1930s, the Avenue’s businesses were focused on food and entertainment. By 1940 there were more than twenty-five jazz clubs on the Avenue where both national talent and local legends played. I wonder if the Sweethearts of Rhythm ever played there?

(from The Indiana Historical Society 2011 Indiana Black History Challenge)


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Black History: Authors & Illustrators

Black History: Authors & Illustrators
Words to My Life's Song AshleyBryan Elijah of Buxton Brown Girl Dreaming The Rock and the River Martin's Big Words
Derrick Barnes   Interview Video Interview Books
Ashley Bryan Website Interview Video Interview Books
Bryan Collier Website Interview Video Interview Books
Christopher Paul Curtis Website Interview Video Interview Books
Tanita Davis Website Interview Interview Books
Nikki Giovanni Website Interview Video Interview Books
Nikki Grimes Website Interview Video Interview Books
E.B. Lewis Website Interview Video Interview Books
Kekla Magoon Website Interview Video Interview Books
Fredrick McKissack   Interview Video Interview Books
Patricia McKissack   Interview Video Interview Books
Christopher Myers Website Interview Video Interview Books
Walter Dean Myers Article Interview Video Interview Books
Kadir Nelson Website Interview Video Interview Books
Jerdine Nolen Website Interview Video Interview Books
Andrea Pinkney Website Interview Video Interview Books
Brian Pinkney Website Interview Video Interview Books
Jerry Pinkney Website Interview Video Interview Books
Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich Website Interview Video Interview Books
Charles Smith Website Interview Video Interview Books
Rita Garcia Williams Website Interview Video Interview Books
Jacqueline Woodson Website Interview Video Interview Books
The Lion and the Mouse Nelson Mandela Eliza's Freedom Road 8th Grade Super Zero Jazz

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