It was a shock for illustrator and designer George McCalman when he realized six years ago that no one had yet created a visual guide to some of the most influential Black poets, artists, athletes and activists through US history.
McCalman is an acclaimed illustrator with the San Francisco Chronicle and a senior lecturer at the California College of Art. His new book is called Illustrated Black History and features 145 unique, original portraits of well-known and lesser-known but equally important Black Americans who have changed history.
He joins CultureShift to talk about how the process of creating the book changed him.
“I became a new person through working on this project. I gained a deeper appreciation for black lives, for our community’s lives.” – George McCalman, illustrator and designer.
Book cover courtesy of George McCalman.