The mbira is a traditional African instrument that has been played for over a thousand years. In this lesson we will discuss the instrument and its history. Continue reading The Mbira Instrument: History & Music
The U.S. Congress passes an act to “prohibit the importation of slaves into any port or place within the jurisdiction of the United States…from any foreign kingdom, place, or country.” Continue reading Revisit: Congress abolishes the African slave trade. March 02 1807.
Deana Lawson is an American artist, educator and photographer, based in Brooklyn, New York. Her work revolves primarily around issues of intimacy, family, spirituality, sexuality, and Black aesthetics.
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Njideka Akunyili Crosby was born in Enugu, Nigeria, in 1983 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. The artist was recently awarded an honorary doctorate from Swarthmore College in May 2019. She is also the recipient of a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship and has received a number of awards and grants, including the Prix Canson, 2016; Next Generation honor, New Museum, 2015; Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, 2015; and the James Dicke Contemporary Artist Prize, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2014, among others. She was an Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 2011–2012.
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