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April 4, 2012

Elizabeth Catlett’s (1919-2012) Advice to Young African-Americans

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Written by: Kelly Virella
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lizabeth Cathlett, an African-American sculptor and printmaker who was one of the 20th century’s most famous American artists, died yesterday at her home in Cuernavaca, Mexico. The Los Angeles Times has an excellent obituary of her. And we found this video of her giving a special message to African-American youth. She says: “This is the advice I would give to people who are making a lot of money. Do something constructive with it. Not to be rich, not to be famous, not to have 5 wives, not to be important … but to give of themselves.” Watch:

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Kelly Virella
Kelly Virella lives in an East Harlem walk-up with her husband, her bicycle and her books. She's worked as a journalist for 11 years and started this website during the summer of 2011. She fell in love with New York City during her first visit here as a 16-year-old and finally made good on her promise to move here in April 2010.


Official portrait from his tenure as US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.