ItemExpressing Identity and Culture: African American Artists and Authors of Kentucky(Northern Kentucky University) Hughes, ImmayaThis project takes a deep dive into the diverse talent and accomplishments that have existed within the African American community of Kentuckiana. The life stories and motivations behind forty-four Black identifying artists and authors are shard. The mix of talent researched include painters, sculptors, poets, and beyond. This project was conducted in the hopes to bring light to a group of hard working people that have made great achievements in spite of the difficult circumstances brought on by the color of their skin. For many of the authors and artists, they used their culture and hardships as the motivation behind their work and were able to express themselves using their selected mediums. Aside from their creative outlets, many of these people held influential careers as educators, activists, lawyers, etc. When you take a closer look at their work, you can see their stories come to life. ItemKentucky African American Authors, Musicians and Photographers(Northern Kentucky University) Kone, Elisabeth (Lisa)This research paper fulfills the requirement of the Library Fellowship for Undergraduate Students of Color for the 2021 spring semester. It is based on the lives of African American individuals from Kentucky and/or those who have spent several years of their lives in Kentucky. Many African Americans across the state of Kentucky have proven to be educated, skilled and talented. From the 1800s to the last generation, these people lived to become great in their specific domains such as literature writing in its different forms, music as well as photography. They have gone through different challenges to make history and be examples to the generations after them. This research includes 55 African Americans from Kentucky; 22 authors, 26 musicians including two groups of two and four individuals respectively and finally 7 photographers including a group made up of two individuals. This is a total of 50 bibliographies. The cover photograph incorporates some of the authors and musicians discussed in this paper; Lionel Hampton, bell hooks, Frank X Walker, Alice Allison Dunnigan, Valerie Coleman, Houston A. Baker Jr., Suzan-Lori Parks, Charles H. Wesley, Boyce D. Watkins, Crystal Wilkinson, Bobby William Austin, Lyman T. Johnson, Daniel Burley, W.C. Handy, Bryson Tiller and Gayl Jones.