Incorporating African-American art into the lives of African-American children is very important for many reasons. African-Americans have made many contributions in art. African-American children should learn about African-American art so they can also express their creativity.
African-American artwork illustrates the African-American experience.
African-American music should be incorporated into the lives of African-American children so they can learn about the music that came before their time. African-Americans have made contributions in different musical genres, including hip-hop and rap, jazz and the blues.
African-American youth are creating new dances everyday. Incorporating African-American art into the lives of African-American children can show them they can be the next Alvin Ailey. Ailey, a choreographer, created the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1958. The theater celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008
African-American children interested in drawing and painting can learn about other African-American artists, such as Synthia Saint James. Saint James created the first U.S. Postal Service postage stamp for Kwanzaa, an African-American holiday.
African-Americans have made many contributions in theater and film. When Halle Berry won an Academy Award for Best Actress every young black girl wanted to be an actress. Berry also won several awards for her role in the film, "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge." Dandridge was the first African-American to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
The literary works of African-Americans should be shared with African-American children interested in writing. Langston Hughes wrote about the African-American experience in many of his writings.