Beyond the Book

In 2019, The Alabama Bicentennial Commission African American Heritage Committee published The Future Emerges from the Past: Celebrating 200 Years of Alabama African American History and Culture. This book highlights the history, people, events, institutions, and movements that contributed to the Great State of Alabama, the nation, and world during the state’s first 200 years.

The Alabama African American History Beyond the Book website continues the journey and goes beyond what could be included in the book’s 244 pages.

On a monthly basis, this site will not only highlight past Alabama African American history makers and events, it will also contain present day icons, unsung sheroes/heroes, and current events.

Short articles along with links to videos, photos, reference material, and additional information will be uploaded monthly for all to enjoy.

The website’s goal is the same as the book’s, to inspire the young and young at heart to dream big and never allow obstacles to stop their march toward achieving those dreams.

Beyond the Book

In 2019, The Alabama Bicentennial Commission African American Heritage Committee published The Future Emerges from the Past: Celebrating 200 Years of Alabama African American History and Culture. This book highlights the history, people, events, institutions, and movements that contributed to the Great State of Alabama, the nation, and world during the state’s first 200 years.

The Alabama African American History Beyond the Book website continues the journey and goes beyond what could be included in the book’s 244 pages.

On a monthly basis, this site will not only highlight past Alabama African American history makers and events, it will also contain present day icons, unsung sheroes/heroes, and current events.

Short articles along with links to videos, photos, reference material, and additional information will be uploaded monthly for all to enjoy.

The website’s goal is the same as the book’s, to inspire the young and young at heart to dream big and never allow obstacles to stop their march toward achieving those dreams.

 

Masthead Arthur "Art" Bacon
Few people can rival the myriad accomplishments of Arthur ‘Art’ Bacon. His talent for art was recognized early, winning many prizes and awards before graduating high school. He would enroll at Talladega College, where even though a science major, he enhanced his art skills by taking art classes taught by renowned artist and curator David Driskell.

Bacon would go on to graduate school at Howard University, earning a masters and a Ph.D.

Bacon would eventually return to Talladega as Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, helping lead his alma mater to recognition as one of the “Top 200 Undergraduate Science Programs in the Country.”

He would also resume his art career and since his first professional art competition—in which he took second prize and sold 30 works—he has held many exhibitions and won many prizes. Cities where he has exhibited include Atlanta, New York, Berkeley, Calif., Birmingham and Washington, DC.

The long list of owners of Bacon’s paintings and drawings include the late Congressman John Lewis, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Opryland.

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Art Bacon
Art Bacon

Few people can rival the myriad accomplishments of Arthur ‘Art’ Bacon. His talent for art was recognized early, winning many prizes and awards before graduating high school. He would enroll at Talladega College, where even though a science major, he enhanced his art skills by taking art classes taught by renowned artist and curator David Driskell.

Bacon would go on to graduate school at Howard University, earning a masters and Ph.D.

Bacon would eventually return to Talladega as Dean of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, helping lead his alma mater to recognition as one of the “Top 200 Undergraduate Science Programs in the Country.”

He would also resume his art career and since his first professional art competition—in which he took second prize and sold 30 works—he has held many exhibitions and won many prizes. Cities where he has exhibited include Atlanta, New York, Berkeley, Calif., Birmingham and Washington, DC.

The long list of owners of Bacon’s paintings and drawings include the late Congressman John Lewis, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and Opryland.

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