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W.E.B Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

On Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8pm, The Southland Institute presents a talk by Silas Munro: "W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America" at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive. at 709 North Hill Street, Suite 104-108 (upstairs), Los Angeles, California 90012. 

W. E. B. Du Bois was a prolific author, renowned sociologist, fierce civil rights advocate, co-founder of the NAACP, and a historian of black lives. He was also a pioneer of data visualization. Working with ink, gouache, graphite, and photographic prints, Du Bois and his student and alumni collaborators at Atlanta University generated crisp, dynamic, and modern graphics as a form of infographic activism. 63 brightly colored broadsheets were exhibited in Paris and made 20 years before the founding of the Bauhaus. These visualizations offer a prototype of design practices now vital in our contemporary world—of design for social innovation, data visualization in service to social justice, and the decolonization of pedagogy.