Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of January 7:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About James A. Porter
In ADDITION to being the FIRST African American Art Historian, James Amos Porter:
- Studied painting, drawing, and art history at Howard University
- Studied in Paris at the Institute of Art and Archeology at the Sorbonne
- In 1933, received the Harmon Foundation’s Schomburg Portrait Prize for his painting, “Woman Holding a Jug”
- Had his master’s thesis in Art History from NYU (New York University) become the foundation for the book, “Modern Negro Art”, the first comprehensive study of African American art done in the U.S.
- Was considered a pioneer in the field of African American Art History; Porter is affectionately called the “Father of African American Art History”
Extra tidbits: Porter’s “Modern Negro Art” became – and is still widely known – as the foundation for both African American art history, and for later texts written on the subject. Porter taught Art at Howard University for over 40 years, eventually heading the department while also serving as Director of the university’s art gallery from 1953-1970. In 1965, Porter was recognized by the National Gallery of Art as one of the best art teachers in the nation; Lady Bird Johnson presented him the award.