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TONIGHT IN LA: Honoring Black Animators

Sorry for the last minute notice, but I just found out myself: This evening (December 10th) at the National Center For Democracy (369 East First Street, in downtown Los Angeles) is the opening night ceremony of the Black Hollywood Education and Resource Center’s annual African-American Film Marketplace. Tonight’s program, A Great Day in Black Hollywood Part 4: Honoring Veteran Black Animators.

Honorees include an amazing group of animation artists, both young and old: Lyndon Barrois, Jamaal Bradley, Frank C. Braxton, Jr. (1929—1969, pictured above right with Ben Washam), Lennie Graves, Dan Haskett, Keith Hunter (1966—2007), Ron Husband, Floyd Norman, Ron Myrick, Bruce Smith, Leo Sullivan (pictured above left), Corey Turner, and Marlon West. Click HERE (PDF link) for a nice write-up on each honoree. The program will begin promptly at 8:00pm followed by a reception. Tickets are $25 per person.

(Thanks, Joe Romero)

  • Sun

    Wow. This has brought me such pride and joy seeing a bit of African-American history in the art of film and animation being recognized. Thank you for your first steps and the drive that you have instilled in me as well as many other African-Americans with a passion for the arts ^.^

  • Bruce Wright

    Congratulations to the honorees!

  • The Gee

    It’s really cool that they are being honored. Congrats to all who are included. Hope those who can will attend it.

    Also, sorta like Sun wrote, it is nice seeing animation being recognized in the context of film history. The African-American aspect of that recognition makes it….neater, for the lack of a better word. But, of course there were lot of different folks from all over who made earlier American animation something to behold. And, given all that needs to go into cartoons, that diversified input is/was probably a good thing.

    Again, congrats.

  • james madison

    Good to hear. Congratulations to the honorees.

  • It was fantastic to see Frank’s widow, Betty Braxton and Frank’s son and daughter at the event. Braxton was my hero and animation’s first African American animator. He was truly deserving of this honor.

  • The Gee

    I thank Jerry for linking to pdf with the profiles in it. Wanna point out interesting stuff in it but there’s no point in listening to this keyboard make noise and no one needs to read the reaction of that noise….so, if anyone reads this, check out the pdf…

    I can understand why Braxton would’ve been a hero to you, Mr. Norman. I can only image what he would have accomplished if he had more time to try. As it was, wow.

  • The honoring of African-American animators sounds like a golden topic for an animation box set, for those of us who cannot make this historical event to learn more about this magnificent bit of film memorabelia. Thank you for posting this.