We tell stories in order to remind tomorrow that we were here. We TELL stories in order to explain ourselves to ourselves. Over the years, African Americans have used every medium
of the arts to tell our stories. We have told them in the searing words of Claude McKay and Toni Morrison, the evocative images of Gordon Parks and James Van Der Zee, the incandescent films of
Sidney Poitier and Ava DuVernay, the music of Ella and Nat, Smokey and Tupac. We have told them in Richard Pryor jokes, Debbie Allen dance, Ernie Barnes paint. These, and more, are the
people who have told and preserved African America’s stories.
These are…THE ARTISTS.