“You can do anything, that’s one of the exciting possibilities
of the present.“
- Name: Charles Henry Alston
- Born: November 28, 1907
- Died: April 27, 1977 (Age 69)
- From: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Occupation: Artist
- Works: “Magic in Medicine” (1940), “Exploration and Colonization” (1949), “Bust of Martin Luther King Jr.” (1970)
- Awards: Many art displays around the world, including in the White House, Columbia University Distinguished Alumni Award
- Fun Fact: His bust of Martin Luther King Jr. was the first image of an African American displayed at the White House.
Charles Alston was an American painter, sculptor, illustrator, muralist and teacher who lived and worked in the New York City neighborhood of Harlem, during the Harlem Renaissance. His work mainly depicted African-American life in a world of segregation.
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