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African American Comic Book and Action Figure Hero Collection [Frank X Walker]
In 2014, the exhibit titled "We Wear the Mask: Black Superheroes Through the Ages" opened at the Lyric Cultural Arts Gallery and Museum in Lexington, KY. The exhibit is on display September 6, 2014 through January 5, 2015. All items in the exhibit belong to Frank X Walker (NKAA entry), and the exhibit represents only a portion of his overall collection. The size of the exhibit has been a surprise to visitors, most of whom know little or nothing about the many African American superheroes and superheroines in comic books, or the action figures and posters. Frank X Walker's collection is one of the largest personal collections of its kind in Kentucky and the United States; it is a serious venture he started almost 30 years ago. "Over 300 black action figures (and a few other non-white characters like Bruce Lee), 1,000 plus comic books and graphic novels featuring black characters, professionally framed posters, and original art including a 5 foot tall caped crusader carved by Lavon Van Williams makes up the bulk of Frank X Walker's private collection that also includes original paintings, African masks, musical instruments and stools, ethnic sculptures, and books that focus on positive representations of blacks and other people of color." - - [source: Frank X Walker, via Facebook chat, 10/01/2014]. For more about the collection, contact Frank X Walker at the University of Kentucky.
- WEB: For more about African American superheroes see Yolo Akili, "The History of the Black male superhero in comic books," Huffpost Black Voices, 01/24/2013 [online]; For images of Black superheroes and villains see the World of Black Heroes website; and Africomics.com. Change the image. Change the mind.
- BOOKS: Black Comics: politics of race and representation by S. C. Howard and R. L. Jackson, II; Negro Heroes by the National Urban League (1947); and Black Comix: African American independent comics, art and culture by D. Duffy and J. Jennings.
- ARTICLES: J. A. Brown, "Comic book masculinity and the new Black superhero," African American Review, vol.33, no.1, Spring 1999, pp.25-42; M. Singer, "Black skins and white masks: comic books and the secret of race," African American Review, vol.36, no.1, Spring 2002, pp.107-119; and P. Hirsch, "This is our enemy: the writers' war board and representations of race in comic books, 1942-1945," Pacific Historical Review, vol.83.no.3, August 2014, pp.448-486.
- FILMS AND VIDEOS: White Scripts and Black Supermen: black masculinities in comic books. by J. Gayles et. al., California Newsreel, 2011; The Business Owners. No.8. Derek Dingle by G. Borland and B. Nelson, Gloria Borland Media, 1993-1994; and Funky Turns 40 by M. A. Gonzales et. al., Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, 02/04/2014.
Always there: the African-American presence in American quilts
This book written by C. Benberry (Kentucky Quilt Project), includes Kentucky quilters such as Fanny Catlett, who was born in 1859 in Birmingham, Kentucky, and Minnie Benberry of Grand Rivers, Kentucky; and a quilt made by slaves in Richmond, Kentucky. The title Always there: the African-American presence in American quilts was first used for the traveling quilt exhibit that was shown around the country between 1992-94. For more see K. Johnson, "Quilt Records Donated to U of L Archives and Records Center," The Kentucky Archivist: Newsletter of the Kentucky Council on Archives, Spring 2000, p. 4.
Subjects: Quilters, Collectibles
Geographic Region: Birmingham, Marshall County, Kentucky (no longer exists) / Grand Rivers, Livingston County, Kentucky / Richmond, Madison County, Kentucky
Black Dolls - Collector Books, Paducah, KY
Start Year : 1987
End Year : 1996
Collector Books is a publishing company in Paducah, KY, that is a division of Schroeder Publishing owned by Bill and Meredith Schroeder. The list of published titles includes volumes on the identification and value of black dolls and other collectibles. Since 2010, Collector Books has suspended publication of the titles. For information on how to acquire copies of the following titles contact Collector Books or your local library.
- Black Dolls: 1820-1991: an identification and value guide, by Myla Perkins, 1993-1995, 2 volumes
- Black Collectibles Sold in America by Patikii Gibbs, 1987-1996
- Collector's Encyclopedia of Black Dolls by Patikii Gibbs and Tyson Gibbs, 1987, 1989
Geographic Region: Paducah, McCracken County, Kentucky
Bond, Ruth E. Clement
Birth Year : 1904
Death Year : 2005
Ruth E. Clement Bond was born in Louisville, KY, four years after her brother Rufus E. Clement. They were the children of George Clement, Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and Emma C. Williams Clement, the first African American woman to be named Mother of the Year. Ruth Bond's husband was J. Max Bond, Sr., and she was the mother of J. Max Bond, Jr. From 1934-1938, J. Max Bond, Sr. supervised the training of the African American construction workers at the TVA Wheeler Dam Project in northern Alabama. Mrs. Bond established a home beautification program for the wives of the workers and began designing quilt patterns (though Mrs. Bond initially did not know how to quilt, but the women she was working with were experts). The first quilt was call Black Power; it symbolized the TVA's promise for electricity. The quilts became known as the TVA Quilts and have been documented and displayed in a number of sources and venues such as the 2004 Art Quilts From the Collection of the Museum of Arts and Design. Ruth Bond was a graduate of Northwestern University in Illinois. At one point in her career, she taught English Literature and French at Kentucky State College [now Kentucky State University]. For more see Y. S. Lamb, "Ruth Clement Bond; Quilter, Civic Activist," Washington Post, 11/08/2005, p. B05; and M. Fox, "Ruth C. Bond dies at 101; Her Quilts Had a Message," The New York Times, 11/13/2005, p. 43.
See photo image of Ruth Clement Bond at the Northwestern University website.
Subjects: Civic Leaders, Education and Educators, Mothers, Quilters, Women's Groups and Organizations, Collectibles
Geographic Region: Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky / Frankfort, Franklin County, Kentucky