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Some mid-century Americans contributed to the civil rights movement with words and direct action. Count such leaders as Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Jackie Robinson among them.
Others, like Sidney Poitier and Duke Ellington, contributed through statements in their art.
Another artist, Archibald Motley (1891-1981) was a 'Harlem Renaissance' painter who made a career creating visual examinations of the African-American culture and experience.
Now, the West Coast hosts its first-ever career retrospective of Motley's vibrant, defiant art, running now through February 1 at Los Angeles County Museum of Art.
Motley was a longtime resident of Chicago...