Black History is Pratt History: A Celebration during Black History Month
Throughout Black History Month this February, Pratt Institute’s social media channels are highlighting the important works, initiatives, and accomplishments of some of the Institute’s earliest as well as more recent alumni, in conjunction with The Black Alumni of Pratt. The celebration will culminate on February 28 with a one-day Black History is Pratt History pop-up exhibition in Steuben Hall on the Brooklyn campus that will have vintage photographs and posters on display.
From early Pratt alumni such as architect Wallace Augustus Rayfield (1899) to more recent graduates who are forging innovative paths in a range of fields, the social media features include “Did You Know?” (interesting facts about alumni); “What’s New?” (recent awards and work of alumni); and “Throwback Thursday” (vintage images of graduates) posts.
A roundup of the social media content is included below. Check back here each week for updates that will be posted through the end of Black History Month, or follow the social media campaign by searching the hashtag #BAPBlackHistory.
Take a look at just a few of Pratt’s many amazing alumni and their achievements:
Did You Know…
Did you know that alumnus Paul Tazewell won the Tony Award for Best Costume Design for his work on the Broadway musical Hamilton? Tazewell won the award in 2016 for his acclaimed costume design, marking the sixth overall Tony Award nomination during the course of his career.
Alumna Phoebe Robinson, B.F.A. Writing ’06, stars in the hit WNYC comedy podcast “2 Dope Queens” alongside Jessica Williams. The show recently aired on HBO in four hour-long specials, and was also nominated in the “Best Podcast” category in BET’s Social Awards 2018.
Alumnus Wallace Augustus Rayfield, who graduated in 1899 from the Department of Fine Arts, was the second formally educated practicing African American architect in the United States. After teaching at the Tuskegee Institute, Rayfield opened his own architecture practice in Birmingham, Alabama, where he designed many churches, including the notable 16th Street Baptist Church, which stands to this day as an icon for the civil rights struggle.