Friday, October 28, 2011

"The Black List" Exhibition Unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC

Photo portraits of distinguished African Americans frame the walls at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery - pictured from left to right: Richard D. Parsons, chairman of Citigroup; Angela Davis, political activist; and Marc Morial, president, National Urban League.

WASHINGTON, DC - The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, along with exhibition sponsor AT&T unveiled “The Black List,” photographs of fifty iconic African Americans in the fields of politics, philanthropy, media, business, and sports at a star-studded private preview and reception on Thursday, October 27.

The portraits, taken by internationally-known photographer and Grammy-award winning filmmaker Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, include director and chief curator of the Studio Museum in Harlem Thelma Golden, civil rights and business leader Vernon Jordan, religious figure Bishop T.D Jakes, playwright and director Tyler Perry, and choreographic and artistic director Bill T. Jones, just to name a few. Sanders embarked on "The Black List" project after a conversation with author Toni Morrison, to create an entirely new kind of black list - a visual who's who of African American men and women whose intelligence, talent and determination have propelled them to prominence in diverse disciplines.

In attendance for the premiere were photo subjects BET President Debra Lee, Oscar winning actors Lou Gossett Jr. and Forest Whitaker, erotica writer Zane, and women’s-rights activist Faye Wattleton; along with media personality Roland Martin, actor and author Hill Harper, fashion designer Patrick Robinson, Essence editor-in-chief emeritus and founder of National Cares Mentoring Movement Susan L. Taylor, Congressman James Clyburn, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, National Urban League President Marc Morial, and environmental activist Majora Carter.

Actor and author Hill Harper

Fashion designer Patrick Robinson

United Negro College Fund President and CEO, Dr. Michael Lomax

Photo subjects Beverly Johnson and Vernon Jordan

"The Black List" exhibit opens on October 28, 2011 and runs through April 22, 2012.  For related program and Black History month activities, please visit or call 202-633-1000.

Photo credit:  Stacey Trammel

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