Margaret Burroughs, renowned African-American artist, educator and humanitarian, will visit Indiana University Northwest, on Thursday, April 17 as part of a two-day African-American Festival of the Arts. Sponsored by the IU Northwest Black Student Union and KUUMBA, the Festival will be held on Wednesday, April 16 and Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. and will feature poetry, dance, song and art from members of the community and campus.
The public is invited to attend the Festival and will culminate on Thursday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. in the Savannah Center Auditorium, with guest speaker Dr. Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African-American History in Chicago, the South Side Community Center, and the National Conference of Artists. She has served as art director for the Negro Hall of Fame and has illustrated many books including What Shall I Tell My Children Who are Black?, and & For Malcolm.
Student and President of the Black Student Union, Vanessa Hardy brought Burroughs to Indiana University Northwest because of the profound impact she has had in both African-American arts and education.
"Margaret Burroughs is an internationally known artist and writer. At 88 years of age, and still teaching, she has made a significant difference to inspire students and faculty on how to change lives," Hardy said. "To have someone of her caliber visit with our campus is a real honor."
Born in 1917, in Saint Rose, La., Burroughs has been a Chicago resident since 1937. She has made countless contributions to the African American arts and culture. Burroughs earned her elementary teacher's certificate in 1937 from Chicago Normal College and a B.A. and M.A. in art education in 1946 and 1948, respectively. At age 22, she made the first of her many contributions to African-American arts and culture when she founded the South Side Community Arts Center, a community organization that serves as a gallery and workshop studio for artists and students. Burroughs continues to serve on the center's board, which remains active more than sixty years after its formation.
Burroughs and her husband Charles founded the DuSable Museum of African-American History in their Chicago home in 1961. The museum has since moved to a larger location and has become known worldwide for its collection of recognized African-American art. The DuSable Museum also hosts various educational programs and houses a permanent collection of more than thirteen thousand artifacts, artworks and books.
Burroughs talents lie in sculpture, painting and various other art forms. Her work has been featured in exclusive shows at the Corcoran Art Galleries in Washington, D.C. and at the Studio Museum in New York. She has served as art director for the Negro Hall of Fame and has illustrated many books, published her own poems and exhibited her own artwork around the world.
In 1975 she received the President's Humanitarian Award and in 1977 was named one of Chicago's "most influential women" by the Chicago Defender.
The Indiana University Northwest African-American Festival of the Arts is also sponsored in part by the Department of Minority Studies and the Office of Student Life.