In 1939, Augusta Savage was commissioned to create a sculpture for the New York World’s Fair. Titled The Harp, the work was strongly influenced by James Weldon Johnson’s 1900 song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” The sculpture depicted a group of twelve stylized black singers in graduated heights that symbolized the strings of the harp. The sounding board was formed by the hand and arm of God, and a kneeling man holding music represented the foot pedal. Sadly the sculpture was demolished at the end of the fair.
But the image and its symbolism remain as a catalyst to live and act #BlackLivesMatter