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3 Facts About Black Creatives you Might not Know About

Nina Rodríguez-Quirós

We wanted to honor Black people by sharing three facts about Black creatives you might not know about. Check them out.

The first published African American writer was a woman

The first published African American was a woman named Phillis Wheatley in 1773. Contrary to other enslaved people that were forbidden to learn to read or write. Once a free woman, she wrote an antislavery letter and poem to George Washington.

Here's a segment of a poem she wrote on tyranny and slavery in 1772:
". . . No more, America, in mournful strain Of wrongs, and grievance unredress'd complain, No longer shall thou dread the iron chain, Which wanton Tyranny with lawless hand Had made, and with it meant t'enslave the land."

A vast number of Black graphic designers have contributed to the creative industry

When there was far too visible diversity in graphic design, the first African American designers made a stand and left a mark on the creative industry. Designers such as Charles Dawson (1889 – 1981), Aaron Douglas (1899 – 1979), Georg Olden (1920 – 1975), Sylvia Harris (1953 - 2011), and Gail Anderson (born in 1962) have made significant contributions to art design.

Artist: Charles Dawson Source: WTTW

Want to learn more about these artists, their work and their biography? Read the inspiring article made by Laughton Creativs, 13 African American Graphic Designers You Should Know. We also recommend checking out Letterform Archive's article The Black Experience in Graphic Design: 1968 and 2020.

At the dawn of the video game era, an African American engineer was making a difference

Jerry Lawson made history by leading a team of engineers in 1976, which created the first home video game console to use interchangeable game cartridges, Fairchild game cartridges. In May 1982, he founded Video Soft, the First Black-Owned Video Game Development Company. He's known for being the Black Engineer Who Created Gaming As We Know It, which means bringing an enormous contribution to what's now a billion-dollar industry.

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