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Who were the black artists engaged in the cultural revolution of the Civil Rights Movement?

Culturally as well as aesthetically important works were produced during the Civil Rights Movement by black artists who are well known today. They included Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Walter Williams, Charles White, Sam Gilliam, Jeff Donaldson, and others. Women artists, such as Betye Saar, Faith Ringgold, and Elizabeth Catlett Mora were included as well; they also celebrated heroes and heroines who embodied in their personal stories the struggle for social justice, as did Catlett Mora, in her iconic print Malcolm Speaks for Us (1969). As a visual record of the era, photographers Gordon Parks and Moneta Sleet used the camera to chronicle the times.

Artist Romare Bearden is best remembered for his collages and photomontages.


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