Black history through an artist’s lens

BOSTON — Harriet Tubman. Thurgood Marshall. Maya Angelou. Black History Month celebrates Black Americans whose achievements have a lasting impact. Their contributions continue to influence law, science, the arts, business and so much more. It’s also a time to reflect on the contributions of those who aren’t so well known – people who dare to dream, break barriers and make our local communities a better place.

This year the “Boston’s Black History” series hosted by Boston 25 News reporter Crystal Haynes will feature profiles on local artists who are helping to preserve and document the movement for Black lives. From a street artist and designer whose socially conscious work is recognized around the world, to a teacher who merges African dance moves with history lessons, to a pair of vastly different photographers who capture the black experience through an artist and editorial lens - all of their journeys allow us to access Black History in a way we may not have thought of before.

“The Black artists and photographers featured in the series all chose a path less traveled to pursue their art,” said Haynes. “Their personal stories are a testament to their resilience and spirit of creativity that we can not only learn from, but can teach back to a younger generation.”

The four-part series can be seen February 5, 12, 19, and 26 during the 7 a.m. hour of Boston 25 Morning News which also streams live on the Boston 25 News app.