The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity
"The black family has been a topic of study in many disciplines—history, literature, the visual arts and film studies, sociology, anthropology, and social policy.  Its representation, identity, and diversity have been reverenced, stereotyped, and vilified from the days of slavery to our own time. The black family knows no single location, since family reunions and genetic-ancestry searches testify to the spread of family members across states, nations, and continents."
Read the full summary at The Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Selected Authors

Selected Artists

  • Rob “ProBlak” Gibbs
    Gibbs has "transformed the cultural landscape of Boston through graffiti art since 1991." He co-founded Artists for Humanity in 1991. This organization works helps youth to develop their creative skills. Awards include 2006 Graffiti Artist of the Year award from the Mass Industry Committee, the Goodnight Initiative’s Civic Artist Award, and Hero Among Us award by the Celtics. (Artist Web Site )

  • Varnette P. Honeywood (1950-2010)
    Painter celebrated for her depictions of everyday Black family life. Honeywood's paintings appeared as set decorations in several television series in the 1980s and 1990s, and her illustrations for the book series Little Bill formed the basis for the animation style of the television adaptation.  (Read Biography)
  • Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000)
    "The paintings of Jacob Lawrence express his lifelong concern for human dignity, freedom, and his own social consciousness" (Read Biography).
  • Kerry James Marshall (1955- )
    Painter of Black life with a goal of increasing representation of Black artists in museums.  (Read article "No ordinary life: Kerry James Marshall: the experience of black America")

Selected Photographers

Further Resources/Selected Organizations