Habari Gani is Swahili for: “What’s the news?”
The NEWS for you is: EMPOWERMENT.
Here’s your EMPOWERMENT LESSON for the week of May 19:
This Week’s Black History Icon: 5 Things To Know About Charles Henry Alston
In ADDITION to being the FIRST Black instructor of the (NY) Arts Students League, Charles Henry Alston ALSO:
- Designed album and book covers for Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes, respectively
- Taught and helped guide the careers of (African American) artists Jacob Lawrence and Romare Bearden
- Was instrumental in the creation of the Harlem Artists Guild
- Created the FIRST image of an African American to be displayed at the White House
- Graduated Columbia University (1929); earned a Master’s degree from Columbia Teacher’s College (1931)
Extra tidbits: Charles Alston was known as a “Race Man”, an African American who dedicated his skills to the furtherance of his race. Alston was also a very active participant in the Harlem Renaissance. As the first Black instructor of the Arts Students League, Alston was part of an institution created to shape America’s legacy in the Fine Arts. An accomplished artist in his own right, much of Alston’s work appeared in The New Yorker and Fortune Magazine.