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Aaron Douglas

Aaron Douglas

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Aaron Douglas Birth—May 26, 1899 Death—Feb. 2, 1979 Artist and illustrator of the Harlem Renaissance His artwork inspired a culture. Nicknamed the “Father of Black American Art,” Douglas produced powerful, distinctive works...
Satanta

Satanta

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Satanta Birth: 1829 Died: Oct. 11, 1878 Kiowa War Chief, Orator Military students still study the tactical skills of Chief Satanta. In 1867, Satanta was nicknamed the “Orator of the Plains” by U.S. soldiers and reporters at...
Esther Brown

Esther Brown

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Esther Brown Born Sept. 19, 1917 Died May 24, 1970 Civil Rights Advocate Most Kansans may be familiar with John Brown, the fiery abolitionist of the 1850s or the landmark Supreme Court Case, Brown vs. Board of Education,...
Karen Humphreys

Karen Humphreys

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Karen Humphreys 1948 – First woman to serve as federal magistrate judge for U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas, retired January 2015; board member of Kansas Leadership Center. When women were just beginning to...
Susanna Salter

Susanna Salter

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Susanna Salter Birth: March 2, 1860 Death: March 17, 1961 First woman elected mayor in nation She was elected as a joke. In April 1887, just weeks after Kansas women had gained the right to vote in city elections, some men...
Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

Cut paper illustration by Lauren Fitzgerald Langston Hughes Birth: Feb. 1, 1902 Death: May 22, 1967 Poet, social activist, novelist and playwright, leader of the Harlem Renaissance   His words spoke to the human heart. And although he wrote of the African...
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