Alma W. Thomas who was part of the Washington Color School movement. She lived from 1891 to 1978 in which time there were two world wars, the great depression, the Harlem Renaissances, civil rights, women’s movement, and the first rocket into space (Yanari 10). In 1924 Thomas was the first African American Woman to Graduate from Howard University’s Art Department (Benjamin 21). In 1934 she was the first African American woman to earn a master’s degree in Art from Columbia University (Reeder 130). She taught both kindergarten and Jr. High school for many years. Only after retiring from teaching did she focus on her own works. In 1966 she had a solo exhibition at Howard University, 1971 she had a solo exhibition at Fisk University (Reeder 132). In 1972 she was the first African American woman artists to be accorded a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art (Yanari 10). She has work that were on display at the White House (Cotter).
This paper is the work of Apryl Okoroafor
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