Most likely you‘ve heard of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks, but have you heard of Elijah McCoy or Lewis Latimer? What about Dr. Patricia Bath?
If you haven’t, it only serves to reaffirm the words of the late Gwen Ifill, award-winning broadcast journalist and author, who wrote about the importance of recognizing African American history in an article a few years ago:
“Black history is worth appreciating in a society that overlooks minority accomplishment. But it is also American history...”
While we may be familiar with a few names associated with the civil rights movement, there are many more who have contributed to our society in a multitude of ways in the sciences, arts, business, academia, and more.
And speaking of the arts, each day Kodiaks walk by a print of an artwork by one of my favorite American artists, Jacob Lawrence. It’s entitled “The Builders” and is one of the many works included in our PTA’s art docent program.
It just so happens that Jacob Lawrence’s exceptional masterwork, “The Migration Series”, is currently on view at the Seattle Art Museum. I encourage your family to go. This is a rare opportunity to see the entire series in one exhibition that depicts “...the exodus of African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in the decades after the First World War.” American history and the stories of African Americans truly come to life through the artistic vision of this great artist.
For more information, visit: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/exhibitions/migration
Enjoy, and go Kodiaks!