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Richard A. Long

Margaret Burroughs was born in St. Rose, Louisiana, near New Orleans, but was brought at the age of five by her parents, Alexander and Octavia Pierre Taylor, to Chicago where she grew up, was educated, and where her distinctive career has unfolded. She attended the public schools of Chicago, including the Chicago Teacher's College. In 1946, she received a BA in education and in 1948, an MA in education from the Art Institute of Chicago. From 1940 to 1968 she was a teacher in the Chicago public schools and subsequently a professor of humanities at Kennedy-King College in Chicago (1969–1979).

Burroughs has a national reputation as a visual artist and as an arts organizer. Her long exhibition record as a painter and printmaker began in 1949 and included exhibitions throughout the United States and abroad A retrospective of her work was held in Chicago ...

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Jeremy Rich

was born in the town of Bolobo in the Bandundu province of what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo. He lost his father at a very young age, and his mother was illiterate and never obtained a birth certificate. Ngombe’s mother struggled to support her son. In 1934 he persuaded a woman to bring him to the Congolese capital of Leopoldville, where his older sister lived. Ngombe scrambled to make a living in the big city, since his sister barely managed to get by and depended on friends for lodging. After not finding steady work for a year, he enrolled at the Saint Joseph Catholic mission primary school in 1935. Ngombe only completed five years of education there, and then quit to support himself in 1940 Father Raphael de la Kethulle one of the most prominent social activists in the Congo in the 1940s persuaded Ngombe to ...

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Michael Collins

Alfred B. Spellman has cut a wide swath in the world of the arts as a music critic, poet, administrator, and educator. “It's a function of social consciousness,” he said in a 1992 interview (Dance/USA Journal, Winter 1992), “to provide art, strong art.” The creation, identification, and support of “strong art” have been the alternating currents of Spellman's career, whose highlights include the publication of his book of poems, The Beautiful Days, in 1965, the appearance of his classic Black Music: Four Lives (as Four Lives in the BeBop Business) in 1966, and his two decades of service at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA).

One of two sons of the schoolteachers Alfred and Rosa Bailey Spellman, Alfred B. Spellman was born 12 August 1935 in his grandmother s house in Nixonton a hamlet outside Elizabeth City North Carolina Perhaps ...