Kadir Nelson’s painting for the cover of this issue which celebrates the
Center, in Harlem.
He says he wanted to create “a stylistic montage as an homage to the great
Harlem Renaissance painters: Aaron Douglas, William H. Johnson, Norman Lewis,
Jacob Lawrence, Elizabeth Catlett, Archibald Motley, and Palmer Hayden.” Also
on Nelson’s mind were artists and performers like the Nicholas Brothers, Billie
Holiday, and Duke Ellington; the activist Malcolm X; and writers such as James
Baldwin and Zora Neale Hurston.