February is Black History Month, a time for reflection on the African American men and women who have donated their genius, creativity, passion, and blood to this country. While we will all rightfully honor Fredrick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and Booker T. Washington to name a few, Art Way Alliance would like to highlight the unsung heroes of the comic book world.
Despite the lack of visibility, there have been quite a few black creators. Some, such as the incomparable Dwayne McDuffie, have been influential in the cartoons and animation that you see today. Others, such as Jackie Ormes, pictured, may not have the same recognition, but their impact is no less important.
We also intend to acknowledge the black characters that dispelled stereotypes through their story lines, intelligence, and bravery.
We hope you follow our blog and Facebook posts throughout the month of February for more information on these amazing men and women. As always, if you have a particular artist or character that you would like to see emphasized this month, feel free to let us know.