Jackie Robinson was chosen for an opportunity of a lifetime. On April 14, 1947, Robinson stepped onto the baseball field breaking the barrier of racial segregation preventing people of color from playing in the Major League. Before then blacks were only permitted to the Negro Baseball Leagues since 1880’s.
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African-American military aviators in the United States Armed Forces to fight in combat missions. Among them were fighter pilots and bombers, navigators, bombardiers, mechanics, instructors, crew chiefs, nurses, cooks and other support personnel for the pilots who fought in World War II.
Fredrick Douglass was an orator, writer, social reformer and abolitionist who escaped slavery in the early 1800’s. He was an example of a person who defied the low expectations of slaves and people of color. Like most slaves, he did not know his age but he refused to be kept ignorant.
Digital portrait of Billie Holiday.
Digital painting of John Coltrane
Sojourner Truth was a former slave, abolitionist, and civil right activist who escaped from slavery at the age 29.
Oil painting for Ben Carson
Last year I was asked by Scott the director of the Issachar Center to do a 3′ x 4′ painting for their Soul Music Series. We decided that it would be on particle board (something more durable than canvas). He came up with a concept that I eventually put it into Photoshop.
Acrylic painting of Aunt Clara Brown, the first black female millionaire.
Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer and civil rights activist, was born in New Orleans Louisiana. Jackson was known for her strong soulful voice and the song “Move On Up A Little Higher”.