Texas Tech University

Celebrating Black Excellence: The Arts

From painting to sculpture, music to dance, song to silhouette, African Americans have found voice and flight through the visual and performing arts. Bringing narratives of solace, songs of resistance, images of strength, lyrics of love, power, and empowerment to the foreground, African American artists have been at the forefront of a rich tradition of creativity and culture in the United States.

Visual Arts

Harlem Renaissance Art

Gullah Sweetgrass Baskets

The Black Arts Movement

Kara Walker


Billie Holiday, "Strange Fruit": context and audio

Marvin Gaye, "What's Goin' On?" and the story behind the song

African Americans in Classical Music

Sam Cooke, "A Change is Gonna Come"

Remember Sixteenth Street Baptist Church