In this episode, Stauney and Sadie discuss Augusta Savage, a civil rights activist and Harlem Renaissance Sculptor in New York City during the height of the Civil Rights movement. Unlike other artists we’ve covered so far, Augusta didn’t have the support of her family from an early age (despite her early talent) and faced a variety of obstacles for her artistic career. We discuss the variety of those issues including sexism, racism, and also finance struggles, as well as the crucial part she played in the Harlem Renaissance. Augusta went on to create well-remembered pieces, and although we don’t have many of her pieces now, her legacy carries on through various art students she had over the years, who help carry her memory today.
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