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Strider, Maurice W.

(born: March 18, 1913  -  died: February 21, 1989) 

Maurice W. Strider, born in Lexington, KY, the son of Hayse and Bessie Cooper Strider. He was a graduate of old Dunbar High School, Fisk University, and the University of Kentucky. He was an artist and an art educator. After furthering his study of art in New York, he returned to Lexington in 1934 to become an art teacher at old Dunbar School. His painting The Carnival won the John Hope Purchasing Award in 1960. He was a researcher of African American art, culture, history, and race relations. His artwork has been exhibited in many locations, including the Carnegie Institute. Strider was also a correspondent and photographer for the Pittsburgh Courier and Louisville Defender. He received the Chicago Defender Award in 1958. In 1966 he became the first African American full professor at Morehead State University. The Maurice Strider Library/Media Center is located at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School in Lexington.

For more see Who's Who Among African Americans 1975-2004; Jennifer Hewlett, "Educator, artist, historian Maurice Strider dies at 75," Lexington Herald Leader, 02/23/1989, p.15.

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NKAA Entry: Paul Laurence Dunbar High School (Lexington, KY)
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