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Josh Gibson. Arguably the greatest player ever. Known as the "Black Babe Ruth" Gibson was one of the most feared and powerful players to ever pick up a bat. Also one of the greatest catchers of all time as well. Record keeping was sketchy at best in the Negro Leagues, but he hit a ton of homeruns and had a career batting average of .359. He died three months before Jackie Robinson made it to the big leagues at the age of 36. #baseballhistory #negroleagues #art #blackbaseball #joshgibson #baseballart #legend #goat #catcher #fear #kadirnelson @baseballhall @nlbmprez @negroleaguebaseball #jackierobinson #intolerance #passion #enthusiasm #history #colorwheel @mlb @therealmattkemp @instituteforbaseballstudies @kadirnelson #startinglineup #baseballcards #collection
Josh Gibson. Arguably the greatest player ever. Known as the "Black Babe Ruth" Gibson was one of the most feared and powerful players to ever pick up a bat. Also one of the greatest catchers of all time as well. Record keeping was sketchy at best in the Negro Leagues, but he hit a ton of homeruns and had a career batting average of .359. He died three months before Jackie Robinson made it to the big leagues at the age of 36. #baseballhistory  #negroleagues  #art  #blackbaseball  #joshgibson  #baseballart  #legend  #goat  #catcher  #fear  #kadirnelson  @baseballhall @nlbmprez @negroleaguebaseball #jackierobinson  #intolerance  #passion  #enthusiasm  #history  #colorwheel  @mlb @therealmattkemp @instituteforbaseballstudies @kadirnelson #startinglineup  #baseballcards  #collection 
🎶 Stony the road we trod
Bitter the chast'ning rod, 
Felt in the day that hope unborn had died
Yet with a steady beat
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? 
We have come 
Over a way that with tears has been watered, 
We have come 
Treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,

Out from the gloomy past
‘Til now we stand at last 
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.🎶
#LiftEveryVoice by #JamesWeldonJohnson #NegroNational Anthem second verse. Image by #KadirNelson  #WeShallOverCome 
#StillOvercoming #FreedomCome #Juneteenth
🎶 Stony the road we trod Bitter the chast'ning rod, Felt in the day that hope unborn had died Yet with a steady beat Have not our weary feet Come to the place for which our fathers sighed? We have come Over a way that with tears has been watered, We have come Treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered, Out from the gloomy past ‘Til now we stand at last Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.🎶 #LiftEveryVoice  by #JamesWeldonJohnson  #NegroNational  Anthem second verse. Image by #KadirNelson  #WeShallOverCome  #StillOvercoming  #FreedomCome  #Juneteenth 
Happy Father’s Day 2018! “School Days” by @kadirnelson #fathersday #kadirnelson
The American flag is so much more than just fabric.  It is a symbol full of profound meaning for so many different people and each of these books really captures that emotion and pride.
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"The Flag We Love" is full of moments throughout the country’s history that involve the flag and show the symbol it is.  There are additional facts at the bottom of each page that can be read for more information as well.
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"Blue Sky White Stars" has only a few words per page, but the words carry so much weight as they are paired with beautiful illustrations by @kadirnelson and are used to draw parallels between the flag and the American people/land.  Swipe to see some of the pages inside this book.
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"Long May She Wave" tells the true story a girl who, along with several other women and girls, helped make a huge flag to fly at Fort McHenry that was big enough for the British to see as they attacked.  Seeing that flag was the inspiration for what became America's national anthem.
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You can find these books plus my list of other patriotic/4th of July books on my blog post (link to it in my profile).
The American flag is so much more than just fabric. It is a symbol full of profound meaning for so many different people and each of these books really captures that emotion and pride. 🇺🇸 "The Flag We Love" is full of moments throughout the country’s history that involve the flag and show the symbol it is. There are additional facts at the bottom of each page that can be read for more information as well. 🇺🇸 "Blue Sky White Stars" has only a few words per page, but the words carry so much weight as they are paired with beautiful illustrations by @kadirnelson and are used to draw parallels between the flag and the American people/land. Swipe to see some of the pages inside this book. 🇺🇸 "Long May She Wave" tells the true story a girl who, along with several other women and girls, helped make a huge flag to fly at Fort McHenry that was big enough for the British to see as they attacked. Seeing that flag was the inspiration for what became America's national anthem. 🇺🇸 You can find these books plus my list of other patriotic/4th of July books on my blog post (link to it in my profile).
Anyone else still #tonydreaming after last night’s performances?

Y’all, I wore this book out when I was young! The pages are just barely attached to the cover.

Debbie Allen retold The Twelve Dancing Princesses with beauty and soul. Performers know how quickly comparison can rob a person’s joy! Sassy learns to stand tall, even if it means standing alone.
Anyone else still #tonydreaming  after last night’s performances? Y’all, I wore this book out when I was young! The pages are just barely attached to the cover. Debbie Allen retold The Twelve Dancing Princesses with beauty and soul. Performers know how quickly comparison can rob a person’s joy! Sassy learns to stand tall, even if it means standing alone.
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"Family Tree" by Kadir Nelson
Available at Jo's Gallery
#kadirnelson #print #familytree #roots #culturallyaware #history #jos_gallery_detroit
Kadir Nelson
Cooool Papa Bell
21 x 38 3/4
$245.00
#kadirnelson #cooolpapabell #fathersday #orderprints #gift #baseball #sports #jos_gallery_detroit
"Family Tree" by Kadir Nelson
Available at Jo's Gallery
#kadirnelson #print #familytree #roots #culturallyaware #history #jos_gallery_detroit
Game Bus/Artist/Kadir Nelson @kadirnelson #kadirnelson
I couldn't post about this book fast enough! 🌟
My jaw was on the floor the entire time I turned each page of ✨✨BABY BEAR by the incomparable 💖💖Kadir Nelson.
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"A transcendent picture book in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown about a lost little bear searching for home.
"This simple story works on so many levels: as the tale of a bear who finds his way home with the help of his animal friends; as a reassuring way to show children how to comfort themselves and find their way in everyday life; and on a more philosophical level, as a method of teaching readers that by listening to your heart and trusting yourself, you will always find a true home within yourself—and that even when it feels like you are alone, you never really are." ✨
Do yourself a favor and have a look 💛🔚
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#playagainreads #playagainbookrecs #read #readeveryday #readaloud #childrensbooks #picturebookillustration #picturebookart #childrensliterature #kidlitart #childrensbookillustration #kadirnelson #babybear
I couldn't post about this book fast enough! 🌟 My jaw was on the floor the entire time I turned each page of ✨✨BABY BEAR by the incomparable 💖💖Kadir Nelson. ✨✨ "A transcendent picture book in the tradition of Margaret Wise Brown about a lost little bear searching for home. "This simple story works on so many levels: as the tale of a bear who finds his way home with the help of his animal friends; as a reassuring way to show children how to comfort themselves and find their way in everyday life; and on a more philosophical level, as a method of teaching readers that by listening to your heart and trusting yourself, you will always find a true home within yourself—and that even when it feels like you are alone, you never really are." ✨ Do yourself a favor and have a look 💛🔚 . . . #playagainreads  #playagainbookrecs  #read  #readeveryday  #readaloud  #childrensbooks  #picturebookillustration  #picturebookart  #childrensliterature  #kidlitart  #childrensbookillustration  #kadirnelson  #babybear 
Fur Coat and Chapeau, 2015 @kadirnelson
Would his grandfather be proud of him? 
#fbf #blackart #sor #kadirnelson
Wonderful day at the #Smithsonian seeing the trifecta (and lots more)! President Obama’s portrait is STUNNING in person - way beyond what I expected. #PresidentObama by #KehindeWiley #MichelleObama by #AmySherald #HenriettaLacks by #KadirNelson #SmithsonianAmericanArtMuseum aka #PortraitGallery #DC #museumsrock
I am participating in the #riotgrams challenge for June.  First time. 
Anyone else wants to do it? Swipe for 2nd picture of challenge. 
June 1st is #readingselfie Young Adult book "We Are the Ship. The Story of Negro League Baseball" Beautiful illustrations and text by #kadirnelson #booklover #librarybook #negroleagues #baseball

will try to keep up. 
Stopped for a donut too on #nationaldonutday
Nearly all of my free time over the past month has been spent curating this Summer Reading Recommendations website! From picture books to graphic novels to nonfiction to poetry to YA to classics, I've got you covered! Link in bio. 
#laboroflove #summerreading #oliverjeffers #jasonreynolds #kadirnelson #melaniegillman #cynthialeonorgarza #jessicalove #karinayanglaser #celiacperez #dashkaslater #stonewallawards #printz #newbery #corettascottking #belpre #mildreddtaylor #schoollibrary #librariansofinstagram #graphicnovels #picturebooks #nonfiction #fiction #poetry #readalouds #earlyreader #yaliterature #gladventures #weneeddiversebooks
Nearly all of my free time over the past month has been spent curating this Summer Reading Recommendations website! From picture books to graphic novels to nonfiction to poetry to YA to classics, I've got you covered! Link in bio. #laboroflove  #summerreading  #oliverjeffers  #jasonreynolds  #kadirnelson  #melaniegillman  #cynthialeonorgarza  #jessicalove  #karinayanglaser  #celiacperez  #dashkaslater  #stonewallawards  #printz  #newbery  #corettascottking  #belpre  #mildreddtaylor  #schoollibrary  #librariansofinstagram  #graphicnovels  #picturebooks  #nonfiction  #fiction  #poetry  #readalouds  #earlyreader  #yaliterature  #gladventures  #weneeddiversebooks 
Henrietta Lacks by Kadir Nelson - a long-overdue nod of recognition to one important lady. And that background!! ❤️ #ladiesofmedicine #bluet #kadirnelson #henriettalacks #immortalcells
Earlier this month, the @smithsoniannpg and @nmaahc mounted this commissioned work by the artist Kadir Nelson of ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine’, Henrietta Lacks. The artists words: “She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of structure as division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life”, and ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission. 
#KadirNelson
Earlier this month, the @smithsoniannpg and @nmaahc mounted this commissioned work by the artist Kadir Nelson of ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine’, Henrietta Lacks. The artists words: “She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of structure as division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life”, and ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission. #KadirNelson 
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“Tuskegee Pilot” oil on canvas by @kadirnelson #memorialday #kadirnelson #tuskegeeairmen
"Our nation owes a debt to our fallen heroes that we can never fully repay." -Barack Obama ✊🏾❤🇺🇸 #memorialday #1865 #tuskegeeairmen #kadirnelson
#Repost @kadirnelson with @get_repost
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“Tuskegee Pilot” oil on canvas by @kadirnelson #memorialday #kadirnelson #tuskegeeairmen
“Tuskegee Pilot” oil on canvas by @kadirnelson #memorialday #kadirnelson #tuskegeeairmen
Kadir Nelson
"Henrietta Lacks"
Oil on linen, 2017
Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture; gift from Kadir Nelson  and the JKBN Group, LLC

#HenriettaLacks #KadirNelson #contemporaryart #oilpainting #Smithsonian #HeLacells
WHY. IS. THIS. STILL. HAPPENING. IN. AMERICA?
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This inhumane practice of separating families, mothers and their babies! This is happening NOW! Parents and children are being separated at the boarders as we speak! Children are missing and unaccounted for!😔
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There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than how it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela
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These words speak loud and clear as to our current administration!😔
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Illustration: Kadir Nelson from, Henry's Freedom Box, written by Ellen Levine (2007)
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#wherearethechildren #protectourchildren #prayforourchildren #humanrights
#prayforournation #immigration #immigrationrights #immigrationreform #aclu #childrensrights #parentsrights #vote #vote2018 #rockthevote #registertovote #kadirnelson #ellenlevine #henrysfreedombox #nelsonmandela #scholasticinc #scholasticbooks
WHY. IS. THIS. STILL. HAPPENING. IN. AMERICA? 🇺🇸 This inhumane practice of separating families, mothers and their babies! This is happening NOW! Parents and children are being separated at the boarders as we speak! Children are missing and unaccounted for!😔 🇺🇸 There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than how it treats its children. ~Nelson Mandela 🇺🇸 These words speak loud and clear as to our current administration!😔 🇺🇸 Illustration: Kadir Nelson from, Henry's Freedom Box, written by Ellen Levine (2007) 😔 🇺🇸 #wherearethechildren  #protectourchildren  #prayforourchildren  #humanrights  #prayforournation  #immigration  #immigrationrights  #immigrationreform  #aclu  #childrensrights  #parentsrights  #vote  #vote2018  #rockthevote  #registertovote  #kadirnelson  #ellenlevine  #henrysfreedombox  #nelsonmandela  #scholasticinc  #scholasticbooks 
“Chewbacca” 2009, oil on canvas by @kadirnelson. #kadirnelson #chewbacca #solo #starwars
Memorial Day is a day of reflection and a bit somber in our house. My husband lost a buddy of his while they were at war. 🇺🇸 R.I.P. CPL Ty Johnson. 🇺🇸 We are always aware of the cost of freedom, but even more so on Memorial Day. 🇺🇸 We do talk to our 4.5-year-old about the price of freedom without going in to too many details. She’s a very empathetic soul so I don’t want to cause any anxiousness. However, it’s important she knows that her daddy and other brave men and women signed up to protect our country no matter the cost and that some didn’t make it home. 🇺🇸 It was nearly impossible to find a book that was age appropriate or even on the subject of Memorial Day for kids. Maybe I should write one? If you know of any, let me know. 🇺🇸 We colored this picture to send along to my friend to go with the stained glass we made yesterday. 🇺🇸 We also read “Blue Skies White Stars” by Sarvinder Naberhaus. The illustrations by @kadirnelson are absolutely stunning. 🇺🇸
Memorial Day is a day of reflection and a bit somber in our house. My husband lost a buddy of his while they were at war. 🇺🇸 R.I.P. CPL Ty Johnson. 🇺🇸 We are always aware of the cost of freedom, but even more so on Memorial Day. 🇺🇸 We do talk to our 4.5-year-old about the price of freedom without going in to too many details. She’s a very empathetic soul so I don’t want to cause any anxiousness. However, it’s important she knows that her daddy and other brave men and women signed up to protect our country no matter the cost and that some didn’t make it home. 🇺🇸 It was nearly impossible to find a book that was age appropriate or even on the subject of Memorial Day for kids. Maybe I should write one? If you know of any, let me know. 🇺🇸 We colored this picture to send along to my friend to go with the stained glass we made yesterday. 🇺🇸 We also read “Blue Skies White Stars” by Sarvinder Naberhaus. The illustrations by @kadirnelson are absolutely stunning. 🇺🇸
Artist Kadir Nelson
Portrait of Henrietta Lacks .
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Kadir Nelson is one of my new favorite painters and writers! I’m currently reading his book, “Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.” These are some of his phenomenal paintings in it.
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#writer #writersofinstagram #thursday #writers #kadirnelson #illustration #illustrator #africanamericanart #africanamerican #book #picturebook #painting
CONGRATULATIONS Kadir Nelson on another masterpiece #TheNewYorker #KadirNelson #art
Henrietta Lacks, Kadir Nelson, 2017
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On display at @ngadc until November 4, 2018. Then will go to @nmaahc as they jointly purchased the portrait. Henrietta Lacks’ cells were taken without her consent and used for groundbreaking research. An HBO movie directed by Oprah premiered last year after the book of the same name, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”•
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#blackart #art #henriettalacks #kadirnelson #darajaarts
Henrietta Lacks, Kadir Nelson, 2017 • On display at @ngadc until November 4, 2018. Then will go to @nmaahc as they jointly purchased the portrait. Henrietta Lacks’ cells were taken without her consent and used for groundbreaking research. An HBO movie directed by Oprah premiered last year after the book of the same name, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”• • Interested in black art? 🎨 Sign up for our newsletter. Link in bio. #blackart  #art  #henriettalacks  #kadirnelson  #darajaarts 
@kadirnelson’s portrait of #HenriettaLacks is full hidden symbolism. Pay attention to the missing buttons on her dress and where she clutches her Bible. Still stomped? Let’s have a conversation about it!
#portrait #painting #visualart #kadirnelson #symbols #curation #artsandculture #Soultopian #SoultopianSociety
On the first floor of the @nationalportraitgallery is the portrait of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks... in the same spot where the portrait of #FLOTUS was before it was moved. I stood by and waited while smiling people posed for photos in front of Mrs. Lacks’ portrait... this felt a little off to me. Her cells were pivotal in the research for medical advancements and innovations, but were used without her permission and knowledge, much like the bodies of many Black women and men in the name of science. It doesn’t seem right smiling at that history. (Swipe left) On the second floor is a canvas of Thomas Jefferson, falling away to reveal a semi-nude image of Sally Hemmings behind it. To the right is a rolled up canvas of Thaddeus Stevens with a partially nude Black woman behind it... a reminder of the invisibility and abuse of Black women... wish that I could say it was history. #KadirNelson #TitusKaphar
On the first floor of the @nationalportraitgallery is the portrait of Mrs. Henrietta Lacks... in the same spot where the portrait of #FLOTUS  was before it was moved. I stood by and waited while smiling people posed for photos in front of Mrs. Lacks’ portrait... this felt a little off to me. Her cells were pivotal in the research for medical advancements and innovations, but were used without her permission and knowledge, much like the bodies of many Black women and men in the name of science. It doesn’t seem right smiling at that history. (Swipe left) On the second floor is a canvas of Thomas Jefferson, falling away to reveal a semi-nude image of Sally Hemmings behind it. To the right is a rolled up canvas of Thaddeus Stevens with a partially nude Black woman behind it... a reminder of the invisibility and abuse of Black women... wish that I could say it was history. #KadirNelson  #TitusKaphar 
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I had a brief love affair with the National Portrait Gallery.
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Swipe through to see the official portraits of Michelle and President Barack Obama by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, respectively. I’ve also included a few more of my faves—Kadir Nelson’s portrait of Henrietta Lacks, Nelson Shanks’ The Four Justices, featuring the women of the Supreme Court, Nelson Shanks’ The Recital featuring Black opera singer Denyce Graves, Robert McCurdy’s portrait of Toni Morrison, and Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of LL Cool J. •
I was living for how much Black folks and women were showcased in the halls of the gallery, highlighting our contributions to the United States in all areas. 
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#NationalPortraitGallery #love #art #artists #BarackObama #MichelleObama #KehindeWiley #AmySherald #KadirNelson #HenriettaLacks #ToniMorrison #DenyceGraves #RBG #RuthBaderGinsburg #SoniaSotomayor #SandraDayOconnor #ElenaKagan #WashingtonDC #DC #blackgirlmagic #melanin #girlpower #blackartists #America #pride #travel #vacation #sightseeing #tourist #mom
💕💕💕 I had a brief love affair with the National Portrait Gallery. __________________________________________ Swipe through to see the official portraits of Michelle and President Barack Obama by Amy Sherald and Kehinde Wiley, respectively. I’ve also included a few more of my faves—Kadir Nelson’s portrait of Henrietta Lacks, Nelson Shanks’ The Four Justices, featuring the women of the Supreme Court, Nelson Shanks’ The Recital featuring Black opera singer Denyce Graves, Robert McCurdy’s portrait of Toni Morrison, and Kehinde Wiley’s portrait of LL Cool J. • I was living for how much Black folks and women were showcased in the halls of the gallery, highlighting our contributions to the United States in all areas. ____________________________________________ #NationalPortraitGallery  #love  #art  #artists  #BarackObama  #MichelleObama  #KehindeWiley  #AmySherald  #KadirNelson  #HenriettaLacks  #ToniMorrison  #DenyceGraves  #RBG  #RuthBaderGinsburg  #SoniaSotomayor  #SandraDayOconnor  #ElenaKagan  #WashingtonDC  #DC  #blackgirlmagic  #melanin  #girlpower  #blackartists  #America  #pride  #travel  #vacation  #sightseeing  #tourist  #mom 
It was better this way.  Back when we had our own.
From Rap, Race, and Revolution,
Racism is About Fear-
The Negro League was formed in 1937 after years and years of discrimination against Black players in major league baseball. White coaches would refuse to let their team play against teams with Black players, leading teams to get rid of Black players, even though they were often better than the white players. In any sport where Black people began showing their superiority, white people began finding ways to keep them out. Nonetheless, Black athletes have been able to dominate boxing, basketball, track, and football.
 However, in those sports, the greatest Black athletes have been destroyed by drugs or white women, starting with Jack Johnson in 1903. What the world of sports can teach us is this: white people haven’t discriminated against Black people because of “ignorance.” It wasn’t because they thought we were “not good enough.” It’s because they were scared. Not scared in the “clench your purse and lock your car doors” sense, but scared in the “these niggers are gonna take over our world” sense. 
Ice T once summed up what white supremacists teach as: “We’re gonna be extinct. We’re gonna be gone. We have to do something before them Negroes take over. We are the superior race.” #race #racism #raceissues #baseball #boxing #black #blackness #blackhistory #blackhistoryisworldhistory #blackandproud #sports #media #fear #kemet #moors #america #americanhistory #RapRaceAndRevolution #blackunity #rap #ballislife

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"Mighty Casey: The Vincible Hero of Mudville." A classic reimagined by @kadirnelson. Collection of the National Pastime Museum #caseyatthebat #kadirnelson #nationalpastime #mlb #baseball #negroleague
It was better this way. Back when we had our own. From Rap, Race, and Revolution, Racism is About Fear- The Negro League was formed in 1937 after years and years of discrimination against Black players in major league baseball. White coaches would refuse to let their team play against teams with Black players, leading teams to get rid of Black players, even though they were often better than the white players. In any sport where Black people began showing their superiority, white people began finding ways to keep them out. Nonetheless, Black athletes have been able to dominate boxing, basketball, track, and football. However, in those sports, the greatest Black athletes have been destroyed by drugs or white women, starting with Jack Johnson in 1903. What the world of sports can teach us is this: white people haven’t discriminated against Black people because of “ignorance.” It wasn’t because they thought we were “not good enough.” It’s because they were scared. Not scared in the “clench your purse and lock your car doors” sense, but scared in the “these niggers are gonna take over our world” sense. Ice T once summed up what white supremacists teach as: “We’re gonna be extinct. We’re gonna be gone. We have to do something before them Negroes take over. We are the superior race.” #race  #racism  #raceissues  #baseball  #boxing  #black  #blackness  #blackhistory  #blackhistoryisworldhistory  #blackandproud  #sports  #media  #fear  #kemet  #moors  #america  #americanhistory  #RapRaceAndRevolution  #blackunity  #rap  #ballislife  #Repost  @kadirnelson ・・・ "Mighty Casey: The Vincible Hero of Mudville." A classic reimagined by @kadirnelson. Collection of the National Pastime Museum #caseyatthebat  #kadirnelson  #nationalpastime  #mlb  #baseball  #negroleague 
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@smithsoniannpg is proud to share this @kadirnelson portrait of Henrietta Lacks with the @nmaahc  The painting was a gift from the artist and the JKBN Group LLC and will be installed on May 15, 2018 on the museum’s presentation wall. The striking posthumous portrait was inspired by two surviving photographs that are now in the possession of her family. Commissioned by HBO on the occasion of the HBO movie premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, Nelson wrote of the portrait, “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission #myNPG #kadirnelson #henriettalacks #nmaahc
#Repost  @kadirnelson (@get_repost) ・・・ @smithsoniannpg is proud to share this @kadirnelson portrait of Henrietta Lacks with the @nmaahc The painting was a gift from the artist and the JKBN Group LLC and will be installed on May 15, 2018 on the museum’s presentation wall. The striking posthumous portrait was inspired by two surviving photographs that are now in the possession of her family. Commissioned by HBO on the occasion of the HBO movie premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, Nelson wrote of the portrait, “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission #myNPG  #kadirnelson  #henriettalacks  #nmaahc 
Kadir Nelson
Henrietta Lacks (2017)
Oil on linen 
It gave me so much joy to see this painting at @smithsoniannpg! Ever since I learned of Henrietta Lacks a little under ten years ago I have thought a lot about the importance of her life and corporeality. This is at least one demonstration of how Black women are key to the survival of humanity - literally. I have wondered how many other times this has been true. 
The portrait will be shared with @nmaahc. 
#kadirnelson #saam #henriettalacks #hela #highfrequency #contemporaryart #fortheculture #theblackwomanisgod #portraiture #artdc #artinamerica #blackaesthetic #blackart #americanart #itscience #highscience #medicalbondage #blackwomen
Kadir Nelson Henrietta Lacks (2017) Oil on linen It gave me so much joy to see this painting at @smithsoniannpg! Ever since I learned of Henrietta Lacks a little under ten years ago I have thought a lot about the importance of her life and corporeality. This is at least one demonstration of how Black women are key to the survival of humanity - literally. I have wondered how many other times this has been true. The portrait will be shared with @nmaahc. #kadirnelson  #saam  #henriettalacks  #hela  #highfrequency  #contemporaryart  #fortheculture  #theblackwomanisgod  #portraiture  #artdc  #artinamerica  #blackaesthetic  #blackart  #americanart  #itscience  #highscience  #medicalbondage  #blackwomen 
Stopped by the Portrait Gallery to put eyes on her. @kadirnelson she’s stunning. Immortal indeed. @smithsoniannpg @nmaahc #smithsonian #downtown #galleryplace #dc #kadirnelson #oilonlinen  #henriettalacks #hela #immortalcell #blackhistory
(Link in bio to read about Henrietta Lacks) "I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.

Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the 'Flower of Life,' an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission." - Statement by artist, @kadirnelson. 🎨

Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer at 31. Without her or her family's knowledge or consent, doctors took her tumor cells and discovered the first human immortal cell line, known as HeLa. Artist Kadir Nelson has certainly achieved a beautiful portrait that tells Henrietta's story. We love the symbolism behind every single detail! The second image is of descendants of Henrietta, posing in front of her portrait at the @smithsonian. #HenriettaLacks #HeLa #ModernMedicine #science #womeninscience #cancer #kadirnelson
(Link in bio to read about Henrietta Lacks) "I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division. Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the 'Flower of Life,' an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission." - Statement by artist, @kadirnelson. 🎨 Henrietta Lacks died of cervical cancer at 31. Without her or her family's knowledge or consent, doctors took her tumor cells and discovered the first human immortal cell line, known as HeLa. Artist Kadir Nelson has certainly achieved a beautiful portrait that tells Henrietta's story. We love the symbolism behind every single detail! The second image is of descendants of Henrietta, posing in front of her portrait at the @smithsonian. #HenriettaLacks  #HeLa  #ModernMedicine  #science  #womeninscience  #cancer  #kadirnelson 
🎨❤ #ArtIsAWeapon 
This portrait of #HenriettaLacks by @kadirnelson is on view @smithsoniannpg now through November 4, 2018. @HBO commissioned this painting for its 2017 film "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." .
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Regrann from @nmaahc -  We're proud to have this portrait of Henrietta Lacks by artist @KadirNelson in our collection with @smithsoniannpg!

Henrietta Lacks (1920 – 1951), whose great-great-grandmother was an enslaved person, lost her life to cervical cancer at age 31. During her treatment, doctors took cells from her body without permission and discovered they lived long lives and reproduced indefinitely in test tubes. These “immortal” HeLa cells have since contributed to over 10,000 medical patents, aiding research and benefiting patients with polio, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions. Considering the history of medical testing on African Americans without their permission, the fate of Lacks raises questions about ethics, privacy and race.

Commissioned by HBO, Nelson used visual elements to convey Lacks’ legacy. The wallpaper features the “Flower of Life,” a symbol of immortality; the flowers on her dress recall images of cell structures; and two missing buttons allude to the cells taken from her body without permission. The portrait will be on view @smithsoniannpg from May 15th to November 4th.

#HiddenHerstory #APeoplesJourney #MyNPG 📸: Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC. #KadirNelson #BlackArtist #BlackArt #NationalPortraitGallery #TraScapades #ArtIsAWeapon #BlackGirlArtGeeks🤓
🎨❤ #ArtIsAWeapon  This portrait of #HenriettaLacks  by @kadirnelson is on view @smithsoniannpg now through November 4, 2018. @HBO commissioned this painting for its 2017 film "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks." . . . Regrann from @nmaahc - We're proud to have this portrait of Henrietta Lacks by artist @KadirNelson in our collection with @smithsoniannpg! Henrietta Lacks (1920 – 1951), whose great-great-grandmother was an enslaved person, lost her life to cervical cancer at age 31. During her treatment, doctors took cells from her body without permission and discovered they lived long lives and reproduced indefinitely in test tubes. These “immortal” HeLa cells have since contributed to over 10,000 medical patents, aiding research and benefiting patients with polio, AIDS, Parkinson’s disease and other conditions. Considering the history of medical testing on African Americans without their permission, the fate of Lacks raises questions about ethics, privacy and race. Commissioned by HBO, Nelson used visual elements to convey Lacks’ legacy. The wallpaper features the “Flower of Life,” a symbol of immortality; the flowers on her dress recall images of cell structures; and two missing buttons allude to the cells taken from her body without permission. The portrait will be on view @smithsoniannpg from May 15th to November 4th. #HiddenHerstory  #APeoplesJourney  #MyNPG  📸: Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC. #KadirNelson  #BlackArtist  #BlackArt  #NationalPortraitGallery  #TraScapades  #ArtIsAWeapon  #BlackGirlArtGeeks 🤓
Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery. Photo by Tyrone Turner #henriettalacks #kadirnelson #smithsonian #nationalportraitgallery
Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery. Photo by Tyrone Turner #henriettalacks  #kadirnelson  #smithsonian  #nationalportraitgallery 
'After Dr. King' by @kadirnelson , The New Yorker, 16 January 2017. Yesterday the Reverend Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop of America's Episcopal Church, referenced Dr. King extensively in his extraordinary address about the power and healing qualities of love. Kadir Nelson said about his cover:'What would Dr. King think of the world today? My image is a celebration of Dr. King and his vision. What happened to his dream of racial and economic equality and what is the impact of non-violent resistance over half-a-century later?' Editor: David Remnick. Art editor: Françoise Mouly. #coverart #coverillustration #magazinecover #kadirnelson #martinlutherking @drmartinlutherking @newyorkermag @fmtoon #royalwedding
'After Dr. King' by @kadirnelson , The New Yorker, 16 January 2017. Yesterday the Reverend Michael Curry, the first black presiding bishop of America's Episcopal Church, referenced Dr. King extensively in his extraordinary address about the power and healing qualities of love. Kadir Nelson said about his cover:'What would Dr. King think of the world today? My image is a celebration of Dr. King and his vision. What happened to his dream of racial and economic equality and what is the impact of non-violent resistance over half-a-century later?' Editor: David Remnick. Art editor: Françoise Mouly. #coverart  #coverillustration  #magazinecover  #kadirnelson  #martinlutherking  @drmartinlutherking @newyorkermag @fmtoon #royalwedding 
Saturday's Art, Media and Food Justice Summit @moad_sf was brilliant & courageous. Malcom would've appreciated the dialogue 
#unapologetic #capitalistcritique #decolonization #decolonizeyourdiet #eattolive #decolonizeyourmind #selfreflection #questions #explore #transformation #malcolmxday #moad #musem #blackart #kadirnelson #nelsonmandela #poc #centered #foodjustice #education #dialogue #dothework #bewell #wegotus #ponder #us 🤔
The reflection questions on the 3rd slide asks: 
What do you love? 
What are you good at? 
What does the world need from you? 
What can be paid for?
Saturday's Art, Media and Food Justice Summit @moad_sf was brilliant & courageous. Malcom would've appreciated the dialogue #unapologetic  #capitalistcritique  #decolonization  #decolonizeyourdiet  #eattolive  #decolonizeyourmind  #selfreflection  #questions  #explore  #transformation  #malcolmxday  #moad  #musem  #blackart  #kadirnelson  #nelsonmandela  #poc  #centered  #foodjustice  #education  #dialogue  #dothework  #bewell  #wegotus  #ponder  #us  🤔 The reflection questions on the 3rd slide asks: What do you love? What are you good at? What does the world need from you? What can be paid for?
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@smithsoniannpg is proud to share this @kadirnelson portrait of Henrietta Lacks with the @nmaahc  The painting was a gift from the artist and the JKBN Group LLC and will be installed on May 15, 2018 on the museum’s presentation wall. The striking posthumous portrait was inspired by two surviving photographs that are now in the possession of her family. Commissioned by HBO on the occasion of the HBO movie premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, Nelson wrote of the portrait, “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission #myNPG #kadirnelson #henriettalacks #nmaahc
#Repost  @kadirnelson (@get_repost) ・・・ @smithsoniannpg is proud to share this @kadirnelson portrait of Henrietta Lacks with the @nmaahc The painting was a gift from the artist and the JKBN Group LLC and will be installed on May 15, 2018 on the museum’s presentation wall. The striking posthumous portrait was inspired by two surviving photographs that are now in the possession of her family. Commissioned by HBO on the occasion of the HBO movie premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, Nelson wrote of the portrait, “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission #myNPG  #kadirnelson  #henriettalacks  #nmaahc 
New face at National Portrait Gallery! Henrietta Lacks' cells are responsible for gene mapping, advances in cancer treatment, AIDS research and much more. But for a long time most of the public didn't know her contribution to modern medicine. Neither did she because her cells were harvested without her consent. This week, the Smithsonian unveiled a portrait of Lacks. She joins Kehinde Wiley's president Obama, Amy Sherald's former First Lady Michelle, Elaine de Kooning's Kennedy (my favourite of all!), among others. .
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Cara nova na National Portrait Gallery: As células de Henrietta Lacks são responsáveis ​​pelo mapeamento de genes, avanços no tratamento do câncer, pesquisas sobre a AIDS e muito mais. Mas por muito tempo a maioria do público não conhecia sua contribuição para a medicina moderna. Nem ela, porque suas células foram colhidas sem o seu consentimento. Esta semana, o Smithsonian revelou um retrato de Lacks. Ela se junta ao Obama de Kehinde Wiley, à ex-primeira dama Michele de Amy Sherald, ao Kennedy de Elaine de Kooning (de longe meu favorito!), entre outros.

#henriettalacks #HeLacells #kadirnelson #nationalportraitgallery #nationalportraitdc #thingstodoindc #destinationart #washingtondc #barackobama #kehindewiley #michelleobama #amysherald #jfk #elainedekooning #science #biologyresearch #medicalresearch
New face at National Portrait Gallery! Henrietta Lacks' cells are responsible for gene mapping, advances in cancer treatment, AIDS research and much more. But for a long time most of the public didn't know her contribution to modern medicine. Neither did she because her cells were harvested without her consent. This week, the Smithsonian unveiled a portrait of Lacks. She joins Kehinde Wiley's president Obama, Amy Sherald's former First Lady Michelle, Elaine de Kooning's Kennedy (my favourite of all!), among others. . . . . Cara nova na National Portrait Gallery: As células de Henrietta Lacks são responsáveis ​​pelo mapeamento de genes, avanços no tratamento do câncer, pesquisas sobre a AIDS e muito mais. Mas por muito tempo a maioria do público não conhecia sua contribuição para a medicina moderna. Nem ela, porque suas células foram colhidas sem o seu consentimento. Esta semana, o Smithsonian revelou um retrato de Lacks. Ela se junta ao Obama de Kehinde Wiley, à ex-primeira dama Michele de Amy Sherald, ao Kennedy de Elaine de Kooning (de longe meu favorito!), entre outros. #henriettalacks  #HeLacells  #kadirnelson  #nationalportraitgallery  #nationalportraitdc  #thingstodoindc  #destinationart  #washingtondc  #barackobama  #kehindewiley  #michelleobama  #amysherald  #jfk  #elainedekooning  #science  #biologyresearch  #medicalresearch 
#Repost @kadirnelson
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@smithsoniannpg is proud to share this @kadirnelson portrait of Henrietta Lacks with the @nmaahc  The painting was a gift from the artist and the JKBN Group LLC and will be installed on May 15, 2018 on the museum’s presentation wall. The striking posthumous portrait was inspired by two surviving photographs that are now in the possession of her family. Commissioned by HBO on the occasion of the HBO movie premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, Nelson wrote of the portrait, “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission #myNPG #kadirnelson #henriettalacks #nmaahc
#Repost  @kadirnelson • • • @smithsoniannpg is proud to share this @kadirnelson portrait of Henrietta Lacks with the @nmaahc The painting was a gift from the artist and the JKBN Group LLC and will be installed on May 15, 2018 on the museum’s presentation wall. The striking posthumous portrait was inspired by two surviving photographs that are now in the possession of her family. Commissioned by HBO on the occasion of the HBO movie premiere of "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks" by Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball, Nelson wrote of the portrait, “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission #myNPG  #kadirnelson  #henriettalacks  #nmaahc 
LIVING for this beautiful portrait of Henrietta Lacks by @kadirnelson, and hanging in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery:
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“I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission.” @smithsoniannpg
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#henriettalacks #HeLa #kadirnelson
LIVING for this beautiful portrait of Henrietta Lacks by @kadirnelson, and hanging in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery: . “I elected to paint a prideful and glowing portrait of Henrietta Lacks, who is often referred to as, ‘The Mother of Modern Medicine,’ visually juxtaposing art and science. She stands with her beautifully manicured hands crossed, covering her womb (the birthplace of the immortal cell line) while cradling her beloved Bible (a symbol of her strong faith). Her deep red dress is covered with a vibrant floral pattern that recalls images of cell structure and division.” Other symbolism includes her bright yellow hat, which functions as a halo, her pearls as a symbol of the cancer that took her life, and the repeated hexagonal wallpaper pattern, a design containing the “Flower of Life,” an ancient symbol of immortality and exponential growth. The buttons missing from her dress reference the cells that were taken from her body without her permission.” @smithsoniannpg . #henriettalacks  #HeLa  #kadirnelson 
#Repost @kadirnelson (@get_repost)
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Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the @smithsoniannpg. Photo by Tyrone Turner #henriettalacks #kadirnelson #smithsonian #nationalportraitgallery
#Repost  @kadirnelson (@get_repost) ・・・ Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the @smithsoniannpg. Photo by Tyrone Turner #henriettalacks  #kadirnelson  #smithsonian  #nationalportraitgallery 
Powerful and beautiful from such a sad story. ♥️ #Repost @kadirnelson
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Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the @smithsoniannpg. Photo by Tyrone Turner #henriettalacks #kadirnelson #smithsonian #nationalportraitgallery
Powerful and beautiful from such a sad story. ♥️ #Repost  @kadirnelson ・・・ Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the @smithsoniannpg. Photo by Tyrone Turner #henriettalacks  #kadirnelson  #smithsonian  #nationalportraitgallery 
This picture is everything!! #LacksFamilyLove - Repost from @kadirnelson “Descendants of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells were used in pioneering medical research without her knowledge, pose for a selfie in front of her portrait by @kadirnelson which was on view for the first time on May 15, 2018 at the @smithsoniannpg. Photo by Tyrone Turner” #henriettalacks #kadirnelson #smithsonian #nationalportraitgallery #HeLaUpdate
A welcomed new addition to the National Portrait Gallery.
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Henrietta Lacks (HeLa): The Mother of Modern Medicine” (2017), Kadir Nelson (American. born 1974), Oil on linen. @smithsonian⠀
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#contemporaryart #portraiture #henriettalacks #kadirnelson #smithsonian
Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait at the  National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.:
When Henrietta Lacks was dying of cancer in 1951, her cells were harvested without her knowledge. They became crucial to scientific research and her story became a bestseller-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Since then, Lacks has become one of the most powerful symbols for informed consent in the history of science. Literally tons of Lacks' cells have been grown in labs over the past 67 years. They helped develop the AIDS cocktail, the polio vaccine, and treatments for hemophilia, herpes, influenza and leukemia. Henrietta Lacks and her family never benefited from the thousands of patents and billions of dollars her cells helped generate.

On Monday, when the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., honored Henrietta Lacks by installing a painting of her just inside one of its main entrances, three of Lacks' grandchildren were there.

Continue reading:
https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/611389741/henrietta-lacks-lasting-impact-detailed-in-new-portrait
#henriettalacks @chezalphabooks #nationalportraitgallery #readwithus #bestbooks #informedconsent #lackscells ##immortalline #kadirnelson #immortallegacy
Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.: When Henrietta Lacks was dying of cancer in 1951, her cells were harvested without her knowledge. They became crucial to scientific research and her story became a bestseller-The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Since then, Lacks has become one of the most powerful symbols for informed consent in the history of science. Literally tons of Lacks' cells have been grown in labs over the past 67 years. They helped develop the AIDS cocktail, the polio vaccine, and treatments for hemophilia, herpes, influenza and leukemia. Henrietta Lacks and her family never benefited from the thousands of patents and billions of dollars her cells helped generate. On Monday, when the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., honored Henrietta Lacks by installing a painting of her just inside one of its main entrances, three of Lacks' grandchildren were there. Continue reading: https://www.npr.org/2018/05/15/611389741/henrietta-lacks-lasting-impact-detailed-in-new-portrait #henriettalacks  @chezalphabooks #nationalportraitgallery  #readwithus  #bestbooks  #informedconsent  #lackscells  ##immortalline  #kadirnelson  #immortallegacy 
Lest we forget: This country was “built” by thieves.
Not sure how to properly thank a woman who didn’t volunteer her lifesaving contribution to medicine. We have a long ways to go...
(Subtitle & caption from @smithsonianmagazine)
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Listen to @npr for the All Things Considered segment that explains some of the meaningful details of the portrait by @kadirnelson.
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#henriettalacks #medicine #medicalresearch #biomed #scientificresearch #science #doctors #bioethics #vaccines #innovation #america #americanhistory #africanamericanhistory #wecandobetter #portraitgallery #cancer #hiv #polio #kadirnelson
Lest we forget: This country was “built” by thieves. Not sure how to properly thank a woman who didn’t volunteer her lifesaving contribution to medicine. We have a long ways to go... (Subtitle & caption from @smithsonianmagazine) ~ Listen to @npr for the All Things Considered segment that explains some of the meaningful details of the portrait by @kadirnelson. ~ #henriettalacks  #medicine  #medicalresearch  #biomed  #scientificresearch  #science  #doctors  #bioethics  #vaccines  #innovation  #america  #americanhistory  #africanamericanhistory  #wecandobetter  #portraitgallery  #cancer  #hiv  #polio  #kadirnelson 
Birthday greetings 🎉🎂🎁🎈to Kadir Nelson - he  turns each book he illustrates into a work of art! I had the opportunity to meet him and hear him speak a few years ago at the BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers - a great opportunity for this teacher! @kadirnelson #chooseabooktuesday
Birthday greetings 🎉🎂🎁🎈to Kadir Nelson - he turns each book he illustrates into a work of art! I had the opportunity to meet him and hear him speak a few years ago at the BYU Symposium on Books for Young Readers - a great opportunity for this teacher! @kadirnelson #chooseabooktuesday