Jacob Lawrence: Story Painter

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

Jacob Lawrence: Story Painter

Jacob Lawrence-The Library Painting

In celebration of Black History Month, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library presents a program on one of the most significant Black artists. Jacob Lawrence's career spanned the period from the Harlem Renaissance to 1997. His distinctive artwork chronicles the migration of African Americans and tells the stories of ordinary people as well as heroes.

In addition to The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence's experiences and interests led to other collections of artwork. They include; the Theater series, the Toussaint L' Ouverture series, and the Harriet and the Promised Land series. 

From the time that he was a young boy, his artwork was influenced by shapes and patterns. Our art activity will explore our neighborhoods and daily lives through this prism. We will feature resources from our Picturing America Kit including a Jacob Lawrence painting from the Migration series and explore visual thinking strategies.

Come and support the legacy of Jacob Lawrence on Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in the Children's Room.

To discover more about Jacob Lawrence and his artwork, check out these resources:

For more information, please feel free to contact the Youth Services Department at 202-727-1248.