Black History MonthThe Importance of Modern Black Artists in the Canon of Collective History
Black History Month exists far outside the celebration of Black Americans. It dreams of holistic and collective respect for Black culture in and out of the United States. It honors black innovation, art, expression, and tradition globally.
In the US, likely out of a desire for political correctness or politeness, it isn't uncommon to use "African American" and “Black” interchangeably. However, when talking about art, it’s worth noting that there exists a lack of nuance when discussing race on an American and global scale. It decontextualizes complex individual experiences while disinheriting those who excelled, and those who have propelled history forward, out of their commemoration.
In a desire to appreciate the full scope of Black artists as they critique the past, present, and future canon of history, it is imperative we acknowledge the breadth of contributions found in the celebration of Black Art and culture.
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