Today, Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald became the first black artists to create official presidential portraits for the Smithsonian. To call this experience humbling would be an understatement. Schnauzer starry night van gogh poster. Thanks to Kehinde and Amy, generations of Americans and young people from all around the world will visit the National Portrait Gallery and see this country through a new lens. They’ll walk out of that museum with a better sense of the America we all love. Clear-eyed. Big-hearted. Inclusive and optimistic. And I hope they’ll walk out more empowered to go and change their worlds. This month, we tell the stories of a special set of heroes: The African American community organizers and active citizens who have, throughout our history, brought people together in pursuit of a more just, inclusive, and generous America.
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The pioneers who challenged us to dream bigger. C.T. Vivian is one of those heroes. A Baptist minister, C.T. Vivian was one of Dr. King’s closest advisors. “Martin taught us,” he says, “that it’s in the action that we find out who we really are. Schnauzer starry night van gogh poster. And time and again, Reverend Vivian was among the first to be in the action. In 1947, he joined a sit-in to integrate an Illinois restaurant. He was one of the first Freedom Riders. In Selma, he stood on the courthouse steps to register blacks to vote and was beaten, bloodied and jailed for it. In standing up, he helped inspire a young woman to sit down and hold her ground.