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Augusta Savage: Meet the 20th Century Black Woman Sculptor Who Created Amazing Art with Her Hands

As a child in the 1900s, Augusta Savage could use her hands to create amazing pieces of art from clay.

The clay was reportedly in abundance in her hometown of Green Cove Springs, Florida.

She soon moved from the clay pits of the south and joined the growing arts scene of the Harlem Renaissance until her talents led her to New York.

Augusta Savage: Meet the 20thC Black woman sculptor who created amazing art with her hands

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Savage constantly received praise from fellow Black artists but that did not last for long as most of her work was lost along the line.

This, per a report by, was because she could only afford to cast her work in plaster.

A unique component of her work was a constant challenge of negative images and stereotypical depictions of Black people.

One of her largest commissions, for instance, were sculptures for the World’s Fair of 1939, inspired by “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” a song often described as the black national anthem.

“The Harp,” another work in the commission, depicted black singers as the ascending strings of that instrument.


However, both pieces were destroyed when the fairgrounds were torn down.

Savage is reported to created several sculptures, including busts of the then leader of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP), W.E.B Du Bois, as well as that of the charismatic black nationalist leader, Marcus Garvey.

In other news, renowned Black filmmaker, Shelton Jackson Lee, better known as Spike Lee, has been appointed as the first Black head of the Cannes jury.

According to the director of Malcolm X and Do the Right Thing, he was “shocked, happy, surprised and proud.

He added that it is his “biggest blessings to have happened out of nowhere.

I’m honoured to be the first person of the African diaspora (USA) to be named president of the Cannes jury and of a main film festival.”

We understand that Lee has premiered seven films at the festival and his 2018 movie BlacKkKlansman received wide acclaim.

Per a report by, he was appointed after he criticized the Oscar nominations for ignoring actors and directors of colour.

Information available shows that 19 out of the 20 acting nominees for the year 2020 are white.

It has been established that it is the highest number since the #OscarsSoWhite protests of 2015 and 2016, of which Lee was a vocal supporter.


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