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  • Charlotte Forten Dedicated Teacher
    • Charlotte Forten Dedicated Teacher
    • Charlotte Forten Dedicated Teacher
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    • This historical painting was created for a civil rights exhibition featuring educators of note. The border design is a copy of the one featured on her journal of poetry. Charlotte Louise Bridges Forten Grimké (August 17, 1837 – July 23, 1914) was an African American anti-slavery activist, poet, and educator. She taught school for years, including during the Civil War,…
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  • Mary Peak Under the Emancipation Oak
    • Mary Peak Under the Emancipation Oak
    • Mary Peak Under the Emancipation Oak
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    • Mary Smith Peak is best known for starting a school for the children of former slaves starting in the fall of 1861 under what became known as the Emancipation Oak tree. This historical painting was done for an exhibition at Hampton University in June of 2013. It shows Mary teaching reading to a group of children and in the background…
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  • Fishin On The Hootch
    • Fishin On The Hootch
    • Fishin On The Hootch
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    • This painting is part of my "Atlanta" series that I was inspired to do shortly after relocating to Georgia from Southern California. I was fascinated by the many trees and woods with flowing water in the area. It is something quite different from the semi desert living in southern California. The South represents a lot of heritage for my family…
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  • Adult Literacy- Septima Clark
    • Adult Literacy- Septima Clark
    • Adult Literacy- Septima Clark
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    • This painting represents all teachers of the time dedicated to improving the literacy of Black Americans during the voter rights movement. Septima Clark is teaching this man to write his own name as opposed to the X he used before. In the background are books that represent the vast knowledge available to the literate. On the bulletin board are a…
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  • Barack Obama Portrait
    • Barack Obama Portrait
    • Barack Obama Portrait
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    • My husband, Alee Muhammad, inspired me to paint this portrait as a tribute to the historical value of the times. The first African American President of the United Stated of America. 44th  President Barack Hussain Obama is reflected with the White House (built by slaves) in the background, the American flag by his side, and over his head the first…
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  • Amina
    • Amina
    • Amina
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    • This oil on canvas is a portrait of Amina and her child, Wasila with the background of stones that were to take her life. Nestled within the stones is the biblical quote from John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” As The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once said, “Wherever Black…
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  • Black Lives Matter
    • Black Lives Matter
    • Black Lives Matter
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    • In this painting I have captured a moment during a march through downtown Atlanta in support of the unjust killing of Michael Brown. These youngsters have taken a step of protest to the streets and I wanted to capture that determination of the marchers in the faces and their posture. On the American flag they carry, I have placed the…
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  • Broken
    • Broken
    • Broken
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    • I was fascinated by the contrast of the broken chair and the pose of the woman on her front porch. I kept the colors warm but neutral to focus on the subjects and keep the eye centered. The wooden planks of the flooring lead to the figure and chair and the background wood wall keeps the eye centered. By using…
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  • Cleopatra VII
    • Cleopatra VII
    • Cleopatra VII
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    • Cleopatra VII was commissioned by the APEX Museum in Atlanta, Georgia and is featured in their video presentation “The Journey,” narrated by the late Ossie Davis. In this painting I have depicted her amidst the splendor of her lavishly appointed vessel. She has her favorite color of purple in the silk perfumed sails. The sounds of music being played by her…
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  • Deborah Coleman On Guitar
    • Deborah Coleman On Guitar
    • Deborah Coleman On Guitar
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    • This painting is one of two female guitar players. It was inspired when I finished B.B. King and realized there were several female guitar players that did not get the high profile recognition that their male counterparts received. So I brought them recognition in my paintings. Deborah Coleman (October 3, 1956 – April 12, 2018) was an American blues musician. Coleman won…
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  • Essence Of Creation
    • Essence Of Creation
    • Essence Of Creation
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    • The figures represent the beginning of man, woman, and child on the earth as spiritual beings. The man is the protector of the family emerging from the earth. He brings with him a strength and power given to the Black man for endurance. The woman is the spiritual being and the “glue” of the family. She keeps her family grounded…
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  • Essence Of Oprah Winfrey
    • Essence Of Oprah Winfrey
    • Essence Of Oprah Winfrey
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    • I was one of the artists invited to do a painting for a book titled A Time, A Season A Visual Tribute To Oprah Winfrey that was published in 2010. I chose to do a portrait of mid-career Oprah. The background has a representation of her movie role in The Color Purple. The young girls in the green blazers represent…
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