Ebony Magazine

a set of black history illustrations by alleanna harris of classic ebony magazine covers

Today’s Black History Month illustration is of Ebony magazine, one of the oldest black magazines in the country. It debuted in 1945 and was modeled after Life magazine.

Ebony earned a strong national reputation for celebrating Black culture. In the 60s, it provided reliable coverage of the civil rights movement. It positively portrayed Black life by refuting stereotypes and discussing ways to overcome racial barriers/obstacles to success. Ebony continues to celebrate Black culture and its contributions to American society.

Side note: These are some of my favorite classic Ebony covers.

Marvin Gaye

a black history illustration and gif by alleanna harris of the legendary soul singer marvin gaye

Today’s Black History Month illustration is of Marvin Gaye’s 1971 concept album What’s Going On. This album is considered one of the greatest albums of the 20th century and one of the landmark recordings in pop music history.

The album is from the point of view of a Vietnam War veteran returning back to the US and seeing hatred and injustice. Marvin Gaye’s lyrics discuss themes such as the Vietnam War, poverty, drug abuse and global warming.

Now available for purchase here.