A song of hard-working shipyards inspires the daughter of an African-American railroad man to honor her father, a man whose quiet strength fueled both his work and his love for family. A testimony to labor and providing for future generations.
Ernie Barnes used his canvas to celebrate black American life in elongated, vibrant strokes. “The Graduate” (shown above) is one of the professional football player-turned-artist’s best-known paintings, which is part of a body of work Barnes called “The Beauty of the Ghetto.” Barnes passed away in 2009.
According to his long-time assistant Luz Rodriguez, “The Graduate” is rooted in Ernie Barnes’ experiences growing up in segregated Durham, North Carolina during the 1940’s and 50’s:
How we arrived at choosing the late Lucille Clifton's "won't you celebrate with me" — with video.
The process of giving, taking, receiving a name holds deep meaning. Miller's story about the evolution of his own name, and that of his children. Tell us yours.
A retired butler at the White House misses the chance to tell his Helene about the first black man bound for the Oval Office.