Founded in 1946 as Negro Achievements by Horace J. Blackwell, an African-American clothing merchant of Fort Worth, Texas, who also had already founded The World’s Messenger in 1942, featuring romance-true confession type stories of working-class blacks, Sepia is a photojournalistic magazine that featured articles based primarily on achievements of African Americans. It was part of the rise of postwar publications and businesses aimed at black audiences. George Levitan, a Jewish-American man born in Michigan, who was a plumbing merchant in Fort Worth, bought the magazines and Good Publishing Company (aka Sepia Publishing) in 1950. He changed the magazine’s name gradually; in 1954 he named it Sepia, and published it until his death in 1976. He changed the name of Messenger to Bronze Thrills and had success with that for some time as well, also publishing black-audience magazines Hep and Jive.


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  • ARTWORKSHOP | Women’s History Month Zine Workshop

    Cover Image Courtesy of the CAAM; Zine Cover Image by Phoebe Holman, Patrick Dóñez

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  • ART TALK | Alison Saar in Conversation with Evie Shockley

    “Don’t get up. Just sit a while and think. Never be afraid to sit a while and think.” — Lorraine Hansberry Join the Museum of the African Diaspora for a conversation between Artist Alison Saar and Poet Evie Shockley.  Lorraine Hansberry was a playwright, journalist, and activist. Her play A Raisin in the Sun was…

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    This set of images features African American women educators, activists, and philanthropists. Images Courtesy of the Library Congress, Public Domain Images

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    DISCUSSION Join Dr. Elizabeth Alexander, president of Mellon Foundation, and guests to explore intellectual and imaginative communities that transcend the experience of incarceration. The livestream event features renowned activists, scholars, and educators Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent; Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and professor Mitchell S. Jackson; and artist and curator Jesse Krimes.  FREE Admission Event Details: Virtual Discussion Date: Thursday, February…

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  • ART WORKSHOP | Toward Radical Imagination: HBCUs, Digital Libraries, and Authentic Collaboration

    FREEWORKSHOP 2023 FROM THE HBCU ALLIANCE Toward Radical Imagination: HBCUs, Digital Libraries, and Authentic Collaboration, a two-day virtual event with panel discussions on creating access to HBCU collections, digital pedagogy, grants and grant-funded projects, leadership and upward mobility at HBCUs, digital publishing, authentic collaborations, and art, archives, and exhibitions at HBCUs.  Featured speakers include Loretta…

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