A Black Arts Community Leader

The Black Arts Movement initiated a radical shift from the predominantly White mainstream art world, allowing Black artists to create their own institutions and metrics for what was considered art. The movement introduced a visual language that emphasized Black cultural history and celebrated Afrocentric imagery. In the 1960’s and 70s, Gwendolyn Brooks found alignment with this large artistic and political community.

Back cover of Gwendolyn Brooks (1917–2000), Family Pictures (Detroit: Broadside Press, 1970)
Photograph by Roy Lewis (b. 1937)
The Morgan Library & Museum, PML 198515.
© Broadside Lotus Press