Every February Googlers come together to celebrate and reflect on the many contributions the Black community has made to our company, the United States, and the world. Weâ€™re starting off Black History Month with a Doodle honoring the life and work of Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of both African- and Native-American descent to achieve international praise for her work as a sculptor.
Lewis, whose Native American name was Wildfire, was born in upstate New York in 1844. As a woman of color, she faced significant adversity and discrimination in her quest to become a sculptor, but she persevered, eventually moving to Europe where she found her first success in a solo exhibition that paid tribute to American abolitionists.
Lewisâ€™ lifelong dedication to her craft has been a source of inspiration for many, and weâ€™re honored to display her work, which is archived at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in DC, in a new exhibit from Google Arts & Culture. Throughout BHM, we’ll be adding additional exhibits featuring Black modern photography and danceâ€”part of our continued work to make Google Arts & Culture more inclusive of Americaâ€™s diverse history and culture, and to make it accessible for everyone.
Stay tuned this February for more on what weâ€™re doing to celebrate and support Black Googlers and the Black community.