Nebraska Authors

Aaron Douglas

Born 1899-05-26 Topeka, KS (USA)

Died 1979-02-02
Nashville, TN (USA)

An important African-American artist, educated at the University of Nebraska, who was later a central force in the Harlem Renaissance. His classmates in Lincoln included Dwight Kirsch and Leonard Thiessen.

Places Lived

Topeka, KS
Lincoln, NE
New York, NY
Nashville, TN

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Visual Work


Art; Harlem Renaissance; African-American Art; Murals; Illustration


Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1922, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, NE
Master's Degree in Art Education, 1944, Columbia University, New York, NY
Honorary Doctorate, 1973, Fisk University, Nashville, TN


Assistant Professor

Places Worked

Fisk University, Nashville, TN


He was invited by President John F. Kennedy to attend a celebration of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, held at the White House in 1963.
He earned an honorary doctorate from Fisk University in 1973.


Illustrated various magazines including Opportunity, The Crisis, and Fire!!

Illustrated various books including:
The New Negro. 1925. (authored by Alain LeRoy Locke)
God's Trombone. 1927. (authored by James Weldon Johnson)
Black Magic. 1929. (authored by Paul Morand)

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