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Kendy Vérilus

was born in Port-au-Prince on 29 November 1933. He attended elementary and secondary school from 1939 to 1952 at the noted Institution Saint-Louis de Gonzague and completed his études classiques at the École Normale Supérieure, graduating in 1955. That same year he was admitted to the École de Droit (which became later Faculté de Droit et des Sciences Économiques— FDSE) of the Université d’Etat d’Haïti. Lerebours received his bachelor’s degree in 1958 and became a founding member of the cultural journal Coumbite. In 1957, a keen interest in theater compelled him to join the Société Nationale d’Art Dramatique, of which he remained a member until 1960. That year, he received a scholarship to study in France and enrolled at the Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, where he became affiliated with the Institut d’Art et d’Archéologie. In 1962 he obtained a bachelor s ...


Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, James Amos Porter studied art as an undergraduate at Howard University, graduating in 1927. He joined the Howard faculty that same year as a drawing and painting instructor and remained a professor there until the end of his life.

The first exhibition of one of Porter's paintings was in 1928. Group and solo exhibitions followed in the United States and abroad. In 1937, already an acknowledged teacher and painter, he earned an M.A. in art history from New York University. In 1935 and 1945 he received Rockefeller Foundation grants, and traveled to Europe, Haiti, and Cuba to seek inspiration for his work.

As an artist, Porter was best known for his portraits, including the prize-winning “Woman Holding a Jug” (1933). Several of his paintings are now held by the National Archives in Washington, D.C. ...


Donna M. Wells

Deborah Willis-Kennedy has successfully pursued a dual professional career. First an accomplished art photographer, she later became the nation’s leading historian of African American photography. Since the 1980s her investigation and recovery of the rich legacy of African American photography have provided an invaluable and irreplaceable resource for filling the gap in American historiography. She has curated numerous exhibitions, lectured, and published widely the contributions of African Americans to contemporary and historical photography.

Deborah Willis was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to an industrious and entrepreneurial family. Thomas Meridith Willis was born in Orange County, Virginia, and moved to Philadelphia as a teenager. He was a tailor, owned a grocery store in North Philadelphia, and was a policeman in Philadelphia for twenty-five years. Her mother, Ruth Holman was born in Philadelphia and owned her own hair salon Willis attended Walton Elementary and Roosevelt Junior High School She graduated with ...