George McCalman, cover of his book, and Tonya Foster on a banner for the event

Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen

Friday, February 16, 2024
Event Time 06:00 p.m. - 07:00 p.m. PT
Cost Free or $10
Location Mechanics Institute
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Join artist and author George McCalman in conversation with poet and professor Tonya Foster on McCalman’s book, Illustrated Black History: Honoring the Iconic and the Unseen. Illustrated Black History is a breathtaking collection of original portraits depicting black heroes — both famous and unsung — who made their mark on activism, science, politics, business, medicine, technology, food, arts, entertainment, and more. Beautifully designed with over 300 unique four-color artworks and accessible to readers of all ages, this eye-opening, educational, dynamic, and timely compendium pays homage to Black Americans and their achievements, and showcases the depth and breadth of Black genius.

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Professor Tonya has a code to register for the event free of charge and is happy to share that with colleagues, students, and friends. Reach out to her if would like the code at

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