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Feb 25, 2021
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What’s a Rich Text element?

The rich text element allows you to create and format headings, paragraphs,

blockquotes, images, and video all in one place instead of having to add and

format them individually. Just double-click and easily create content.

Static and dynamic content editing

A rich text element can be used with static or dynamic content. For static content, just drop it into any page and begin editing. For dynamic content, add a rich text field to any collection and then connect a rich text element to that field in the settings panel. Voila!

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How to customize formatting for each rich text

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.
  • after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

Headings, paragraphs, blockquotes, figures, images, and figure captions can all be styled after a class is added to the rich text element using the "When inside of" nested selector system.

In honor of this year’s Black History Month, we are recognizing remarkable black figures who have impacted history in multiple careers and different aspects of life. We have put together a list of important politicians, literary figures, artists, professional chefs, and film stars who have gained success in their fields. We intend to showcase individuals who achieved significant milestones for the black community and history in general. 

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1. Barack Obama 

Before becoming the 44th and first black president of the United States, Barack Obama received his bachelor's degree in political science with concentrations in international relations and English literature from Columbia University. Later, he would go on to attend Harvard University for his degree in law. While at Harvard he served as editor of the Harvard Law Review and later the first black president, which gained national attention. He graduated magna cum laude with his JD. 


Barack Obama and Toni Morrison. Image courtesy of NBC News.

2. Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is an author, attorney, and former first African American first lady of the United States. She is known for being a women’s rights advocate and focusing on nutrition and healthy eating, especially among school aged children during her time as first lady. She has written two books titled American Grown and Becoming, the first about healthy eating and gardening at the White House and the former a personal memoir. She attended Princeton University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and minor in African American studies. She received her JD from Harvard Law School in 1988. 

Michelle Obama. Image courtesy of The Hill.

3. Kamala Harris 

The 49th and current vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris, is the first female African American and Asian American vice president to hold this office. Harris attended Howard University in Washington D.C., a historically black university, for her bachelor’s degree. While at Howard she joined Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, which was founded at the University on January 15th, 1908. Alpha Kappa Alpha was the first intercollegiate historically African American Greek letter society. She graduated in 1986 with dual majors in political science and economics. She later attended law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and during her time served as president of the university’s chapter of the Black Law Students Association. She graduated in 1989. 

Kamala Harris. Image courtesy of The White House. 

4. Thurgood Marshall 

Thurgood Marshall was the first African American to serve as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He attended Lincoln University in Pennsylvania, a historically black university where he was classmates with famous Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes and musician Cab Calloway. He joined Alpha Phi Alpha, the first intercollegiate historically African American fraternity. In 1930, he graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in American Literature and philosophy. Later, he attended Howard University School of Law where he would graduate in 1933, first in his class with an LL.B magna cum laude. 

Thurgood Marshall. Image courtesy of WNPR.

5. Ronald Husband

Ronald Husband was the first African American animator and the first African American supervising animator for Walt Disney Studios. He joined Walt Disney Feature Animation as an animation trainee in 1975 and would go on to work in that same department for 30 years. He retired from the Walt Disney Consumer Products Division as a character artist. Husband received his associate’s degree in Art from Citrus College in Glendora, California and his bachelor’s of Art degree from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas. 

Ronald Husband. Image courtesy of Laughing Place. 

6. Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet

In 2001, Disney made history with its animation movie, Atlantis: The Lost Empire when it debuted the first black character to appear in a Disney film. This character was Dr. Joshua Strongbear Sweet who was half African American and half Native American on his mothers side. Ron Husband is directly linked to Dr. Sweet’s journey from development to screen debut. He was the lead supervising animator and responsible for the character’s final design. The fictional Dr. Sweet received multiple degrees, Doctor of Internal Medicine from Howard University, Botanist Ph.D from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Herbology in London. He also was the first professor of color to lecture at Harvard Medical School in 1897. He would appear in film again in the 2003 sequel, Atlantis: Milo’s Return.

Dr. Sweet. Image courtesy of Disney Wiki.

7. Langston Hughes 

Most notably a poet and leader of the Harlem Renaissance, Langston Hughes was also a novelist, playwright, and columnist. He experienced a complicated history in that both of his paternal great-grandmothers were slaves and both of his paternal great-grandfathers were white slave owners. His poems cover a wide range of themes including, collective memory, American identity and the American Dream, racism, survival, and identity to name a few. He explores the struggles and triumphs of working class black individuals and is responsible for helping to lead the way for other black authors and artists to express their intellects and lives. He enrolled at Columbia University before leaving after a year due to finding the atmosphere uninviting. He transferred to Lincoln University where he would graduate from in 1929. He was a well travelled man having been to Mexico, France, Haiti, Japan, and the Soviet Union. 

Langston Hughes. Image courtesy of LitReactor. 

8. Zora Neale Hurston 

Another leading figure in the Harlem Renaissance, Zora Neale Hurston was an author and filmmaker. She was born in Eatonville, Florida, which would later become the setting for many of her novels and short stories, including her most famous novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God. The Harlem Renaissance occurred in the 1920’s and marks the time period that black writers began to showcase and celebrate their culture and identities. This is also known as the birthplace of black literature, paving the way for future writers. Hurston attended Howard University and became one of the first initiates of Zeta Phi Beta sorority, a historically African American Greek letter society. She also co-founded the university’s student newspaper, The Hilltop. She later left Howard to attend Barnard College, an all female college where she was the only black student. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at the age of 37. She would later study anthropology for two years at Columbia University. 

Zora Neale Hurston. Image courtesy of JSTOR.

9. Toni Morrison 

Toni Morrison is a critically acclaimed novelist, essayist, editor, and college professor. She became the first black female editor of fiction at Random House in New York City. Her novels are written through a black gaze to describe first hand accounts of the black experience. They show the realities of racism in the United States as well as racial tensions between blacks and whites. Some of her other themes include feminism, motherhood, beauty and cultural beauty standards, friendship, rape, murder, and sexism, to name a few. Her novel Song of Solomon won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and in 1988 she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel, Beloved. Then in 1933 she received the Nobel Prize in Literature. She graduated from Howard University in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in English. Later, she earned her master’s degree in American Literature from Cornell University. 

Toni Morrison. Image courtesy of Tampa Bay Times.

10. Jesmyn Ward 

Currently an Associate Professor of English at Tulane University, Jesmyn Ward is known for being a two time winner of the National Book Award in Fiction for her novels Salvage the Bones and Sing, Unburied, Sing. Salvage the Bones follows a poor working class African American family living in Mississippi during Hurricane Katrina. It describes their inability to relocate for the storm and follows the family’s preparations as well as aftermath following the storm. She is the only woman and African American woman to have received the National Book Award in Fiction twice. As a first generation college student, she received both her bachelor’s degree, in English and master’s degree, in media studies and communication from Stanford University. She received her MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan. 

Jesmyn Ward. Image courtesy of The New York Times. 

11. Kara Walker 

Best known for her black paper-cut silhouettes, Kara Walker is a contemporary painter, silhouettist, print maker, installation artist, film maker, and professor. Her topics include race and identity, violence, gender, and sexuality. Her large paper cut silhouettes usually feature black figures against a white wall which corresponds to the violent racial tensions and history of slavery in the United States. She has taught at Columbia University, and is currently serving as five year Tepper Chair in visual arts at Mason Gross School of Arts at Rutgers University. In 1991 she received her BFA from Atlanta College of Art and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1994. 

Kara Walker. Image courtesy of The Art Story.

12. Carla Hall

Currently a renowned professional chef and television personality, Carla Hall went through many changes to her career path before discovering her true passion for food. She graduated from Howard University’s Business School in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in accounting. After spending two years as a certified public accountant, she left her job for the modeling industry and walked the runways in Paris, Milan, and London. Upon realizing her dissatisfaction again, she left the runway to pursue a career in the culinary world. She enrolled in L’Academie de Cuisine, in Maryland and graduated with a Culinary Career Training Certificate. Her rise to fame came after being selected to compete in Bravo’s Top Chef. Although she did not win, she was a fan favorite and returned for Top Chef: All Stars. She went on to become a co-host on ABC’s Emmy Award winning show, The Chew. In 2018, she went on to release her first cookbook, Carla Hall’s Soul Food: Everyday and Celebration. 

Carla Hall. Image courtesy of AARP.

13. Viola Davis 

Notable and award winning actress and producer, Viola Davis is listed as the 9th most influential actress of the 21st century on the New York Times list of “The 25 Greatest Actors of the 21st Century.” She was the first African American and first African American Woman to earn the “Triple Crown of Acting,” having won an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and two Tony Awards. She is the first black woman to have earned a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College, majoring in theater. After, she attended Julliard School for four years as a member of the Drama Division, “Group 22.”

Viola Davis. Image courtesy of AARP.

14. Jean-Michel Basquiat

Unfortunately, Basquiat never made it to college, but he was too important of a figure not to mention. He was a contemporary artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican descent. He first rose to fame as part of the duo SAMO, who wrote graffiti epigrams on the Lower East Side of Manhattan during the 1970’s. After leaving the duo, during his solo career in the 1980’s, his neo-expressionist paintings achieved international recognition. His work focuses on the black community, power struggles, systematic racism, colonialism, and class. At the age of 21, he was the youngest artist to show at Documenta, a contemporary art exhibition that takes place in Germany every five years. 

The following year, at the age of 22, he was the youngest artist to show at the Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. The Biennial exhibition of contemporary art is known for displaying the work of young, lesser known artists. At the age of 27, he fell victim to a heroin overdose and passed away. However, his legacy has made a lasting impression on art, film, and literature. On May 18th, 2017, his painting, Untitled, sold for $110.5 million dollars, earning him a spot on the list of most expensive paintings ever sold. 

Jean-Michel Basquiat. Image courtesy of The Vinyl Factory.

These influential individuals have made monumental strides in sharing black culture, identity, and history with the world through their literature, art, film, politics, and food. Their achievements will help the generations of black individuals to come to share their stories with the world to ensure that all voices are heard and impacted in society.

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