In 1925, painter Aaron Douglas, known as the "father" of African Art, wrote to the poet Langston Hughes:
"Let’s bare our arms and plunge them deep through laughter, through pain, through sorrow, through hope, through disappointment, into the very depths of the souls of our people and drag forth material crude, rough, neglected.
Then let’s sing it, dance it, write it, paint it. Let’s do the impossible.
Let’s create something transcendentally material, mystically objective, earthy. Spiritually earthy. Dynamic."