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Black History Month | Top #3 of the week

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This week’s Top #3 is dedicated to Black History Month, to the works of three emerging artists, all of which active on Instagram. In February these artists shared their works on social media using the hashtag of the same name and contributed to the spread of a piece of African-American history.


What is Black History Month

Established by President Gerald Ford as an invitation to “take the opportunity to honour the achievements of black Americans”, this event has been celebrated every year since 1976 and designates the month of February as a time to recognise the key role of African-Americans in US history. Black History Month actually has deeper roots, it can be traced back to 1915: half a century after the abolition of slavery in the US, and in conjunction with the creation of the ASNLH (Association for the Study of Negro Life and History, known today as Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH)click here to find out more).


A different theme each year

Every year Black History Month chooses a different theme. In 2021 the theme was Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity, an exploration on the African diaspora and the diffusion of black families in the US. The artists selected for this week’s Top #3 addressed the theme through painting and mixed media works, capturing life moments and remembering important personalities such as Lorraine Hansberry. Her best-known work, A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the plight of Black Americans who experienced racial segregation in Chicago, it was the first play by an African-American woman produced on Broadway.

Here are the works of Khalif Tahir Thompson, Bisa Butler and Tosin Kalejaye, selected for this week’s Top #3:




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Un post condiviso da Bisa Butler (@bisabutler)




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Un post condiviso da Khalif Tahir Thompson (@khaliftahir)




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Translated by Ludovica Sarti

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