Illustrated Black History: Talk + Documentary Screening

Three people, the person in the middle holding the book "Illustrating Black History"

Image courtesy of George McCalman

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Join us for an afternoon of Black history and conversation. Hear from George McCalman, artist and author of Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen, and Marvin White, poet, playwright, and one of the book’s essayists. We will also premiere the documentary Illustrating Black History. Watch the trailer.

Can’t join in person?

This program closes with a book signing. Purchase your copy in person at the de Young Museum Store or order it online

About the artists

George McCalman is an artist and creative director based in San Francisco. His design studio McCalmanCo collaborates with a diverse range of clients. He is a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. His first book Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen was published in September 2022. 

Marvin K. White, MDiv, is a poet, playwright, essayist, preacher, teacher, and speaker who articulates a vision of social, technology, prophetic, and creative justice.

About the book

Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen is a gorgeous collection of 145 original portraits that celebrates Black pioneers — famous and little-known — in politics, science, literature, music, and more — with biographical reflections, all created and curated by an award-winning graphic designer. Hardcover, 384 pages.

Ticket info

Free. Seating is limited and unassigned. Program tickets are distributed on a first-come first-served basis in front of the Koret Auditorium an hour before the program begins. This does not include admission to the museum. 

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