This book deals with the social , political , and the black urban communities agendas in the arts. The impact of African American Art during the Harlem Renaissance , the Civil Rights Movement , and the Black Lives Matter Movement helped to galvanized the political , social , and aesthetic agenda for African Americans.
The African American artists visual documentation of violence enacted upon African American people in America , heightened public awareness of such abuses , and galvanized America , increasing demand for equality of African Americans in the United States of America.
African American Art is just as diverse as any other ethnic group . Although some artworks by Black American artists are political in nature , this because the culture still faces discrimination. African American artists have always been the chief visual communicators , and translators of society's temperature.
African American artists are part of the political nucleus in America , it is natural that their creative expression will communicate the social discrimination , and political temperate of the nation.
African American Art today in the United States of America is more visible , and popular than in the past especially after the Black Lives Matter Movement ( an international activist movement that campaigns against violence and systemic racism ) , although no more than 2% of the United States of America's major art museums display art created by African Americans. Since 2014 , there has been a gradual recognition that populace wants to experience diversity in major art museums , purchase African American Art , and engage with it.
The slow acceptance of African American Art has mostly been due to racial prejudice , stereotypes , and the misconception that the white world is not able to relate to visual artworks by African American artists. If one takes the race component out , African American Art is relatable to all groups regardless of race or ethnicity.
The evolution of the Black aesthetics has given the African American artists the quality to prevail with strength ,dignity , and grace in the arts , and humanities.