This is Augusta Savage. Much like Hazel Dorothy Scott she came up in, and out of, the Harlem Renaissance. Her father was a minister and didn’t approve of her interest in art. Of the time she said, “my father licked me four or five times a week and almost whipped all the art out of me.” Thankfully he didn’t. She moved to New York with less than $5 in her pocket and ended up getting into Cooper Union, finishing the 4 year program in 3 years. She earned a scholarship in 1929 to travel to Paris and Rome and when she returned to New York she became instrumental in getting the Works Progress Administration to include Black artists in its Federal Art Project. Savage was the first African American person elected to the National Association of Women Painters and Sculptors and became the director of the Harlem Community Art Center. To her, though, the most important thing she did was teach others. She said , “If I can inspire one of these youngsters to develop the talent I know they possess, then my monument will be in their work. No one could ask for more than that.” And how. Thank you, Augusta!