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Film, Video One tenth of a nation. The arts Arts / Container title: Negro in the arts

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  • One tenth of a nation. The arts

Other Title

  • Arts
  • Container title: Negro in the arts


  • This series highlights the contributions of African Americans to their communities and the nation. This film discusses the contribution of various African American artists in the United States. This includes painters Charles White, Ernest Crichlow, Jewel Simon, and Eugene Grigsby. Popular composers Jessie Mae Robinson and Ulysses Kay are also featured. Photographer Gordon Parks is recognized for his work in Life Magazine while author Ann Petry is celebrated for her successful novel The narrows.

Created / Published

  • [1954]


  • -  African American artists
  • -  African American composers
  • -  African American authors
  • -  White, Charles,--1918-1979
  • -  Crichlow, Ernest,--1914-2005
  • -  Petry, Ann,--1908-1997
  • -  Parks, Gordon,--1912-2006
  • -  Robinson, Jessie Mae,--1919-1966
  • -  Kay, Ulysses,--1917-1995
  • -  Smith, Art,--1917-1982
  • -  Grigsby, J. Eugene--(Jefferson Eugene),--1918-2013


  • Newsreels
  • Educational films
  • Nonfiction films


  • -  Appearing: Charles White, Ernest Crichlow, Ann Petry, Gordon Parks, Jewel Simon, Jessie Mae Robinson, Ulysses Kay, Art Smith, Frank Neal, Christopher Bean, Eugene Grigsby, Yvonne Hunt.
  • -  Possible production date based on events featured in the film. The book containing illustrations by Ernest Crichlow was released in 1954 and the school at which Eugene Grigsby taught closed in 1954.
  • -  The production company is listed as American Newsreel in the collection inventory, but the credit does not appear on film and could not be confirmed in any secondary sources.
  • -  Sources used: Sterling, D. Freedom train, 1954, accessed via New York Public Library Digital Collections, April 7, 2020; Wikipedia WWW site, "J. Eugene Grigsby," accessed April 7, 2020; M/B/RS donor inventory (film inventory).


  • 1 video file (digital) (ca. 13 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • MacDonald (J. Fred and Leslie W.) Collection (Library of Congress)

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020600724

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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