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Jacob Lawrence
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"I've always been interested in history, but they never taught Negro history in the public schools...I don't see how a history of the United States can be written honestly without including the Negro. I didn't [paint] just as a historical thing, but because I believe these things tie up with the Negro today ...I am not a politician. I'm an artist, just trying to do my part to bring this thing about...."

"My belief is that it is most important for an artist to develop an approach and philosophy about life—if he has developed this philosophy, he does not put paint on canvas, he puts himself on canvas."
 
"Most of my work depicts events from the many Harlems which exist throughout the United States. This is my genre... the happiness, tragedies, and the sorrows of mankind as realized in the teeming black ghetto."
 
"I've always been interested in history, but they never taught Negro history in the public schools...I don't see how a history of the United States can be written honestly without including the Negro. I didn't [paint] just as a historical thing, but because I believe these things tie up with the Negro today ...I am not a politician. I'm an artist, just trying to do my part to bring this thing about...."
 
"I've always been interested in history, but they never taught Negro history in the public schools...I don't see how a history of the United States can be written honestly without including the Negro. I didn't [paint] just as a historical thing, but because I believe these things tie up with the Negro today ...I am not a politician. I'm an artist, just trying to do my part to bring this thing about...."
 
"I still don't feel settled," he said in 1986. "I guess I want to add a further dimension to my work. I know I'm looking for something ... I'll continue looking for it the rest of my life."
 
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