To honor Black History Month, we’re highlighting a handful of the many creative Black artists inspiring the world today. Read a little about them below and click through the links to explore more of their work!
Ebony Glenn is a children’s book illustrator whose whimsical and expressive imagery can be found in Mommy’s Khimar and Flying High: The Story of Simone Biles. With a passion for the arts and great storytelling, she enjoys creating whimsical imagery for picture books to provide rich literary experiences for young readers.
Support and follow Ebony!
Shop >> etsy.com/shop/artsyebby
Instagram >> @artsyebby
Twitter >> @artsyebby
Vanessa Brantley Newton
Vanessa Brantley Newton studied fashion and children’s illustration at FIT and SVA, and loves to add unique touches to her work, including mixed media accents, collage, and hand lettering. Growing up, she was part of a diverse, tight-knit community during turbulent times of the Civil Rights movement, and learned the importance of acceptance and empowerment in shaping a young person’s life. Reading Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats, was the first time she saw herself in a children’s book, and that experience proved to be a defining moment in making her into the artist she is today. Vanessa includes children of all ethnic backgrounds in her artwork so all children can see their unique experiences reflected in the books they read, and can feel the same sense of empowerment and recognition she experienced as a young reader.
Support and follow Vanessa!
Website >> vanessabrantleynewton.com
Instagram >> @vanessabrantleynewton
Facebook >> @vanessabrantleynewton
Reginald Brown is an illustrator of picture books for children who loves drawing vivid scenes of Black children and families that include expressive, unforgettable characters that make children and adults want to read and re-read those stories. He also has a passion for stories with genres like fantasy, superheroes, and science-fiction, and believes it’s time for a wider array of skin tones to be represented in joyful stories.
Support and follow Reginald!
Website >> trendingcreativedesign.com
Instagram >> @reggiebrownart
Twitter >> @reggiebrownart
Ashleigh Corrin is an award-winning children’s book illustrator and graphic designer, whose debut illustrated book, Layla’s Happiness, written by Mariahdessa Ekere Tallie, received the 2019 Ezra Jack Keats Awards for illustration and writing. Other than illustrating books, she enjoys editorial illustration and design, funky lettering, fun motifs, and whimsical line work.
Support and follow Ashleigh!
Website >> ashleighcorrin.com
Instagram >> @ashleigh_corrin
Explore More Ways to Support Black Voices of the Future
Color of Change
Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization, helping people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us. As a national online force driven by 7 million members, Color of Change moves decision-makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America.
Visit their site >> colorofchange.org/
Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC is a catalyst for racial justice in the South and beyond, working in partnership with communities to dismantle white supremacy, strengthen intersectional movements, and advance the human rights of all people.
Visit their site >> splcenter.org/
A mentoring program for girls of color whose vision is to see equity and inclusion for teen girls of color in higher education and priority sector employment. Detour’s mission is to increase access to education and employment opportunities for girls through leadership programs, internships and positive forums for girls to become actively engaged in working towards acquiring the skills necessary to become what they aspire to be and to achieve their dreams.
Visit their site >> detourempowers.org/
Racial Equity in School Fund – Adoptaclassroom.org
Teachers and schools across the nation are asking for help to provide resources and training that will allow teachers to better support students of color. Adoptaclassroom.org’s Racial Equity in School Fund helps to provide multicultural books selected by teachers across the country for their students, and provides professional development for teachers to help eliminate racial bias in the classroom.
Visit their site >> give.adoptaclassroom.org/campaign/racial-equity-in-schools-fund/