AML 054: #NBAConvention: Former Personal Artist to Rosa Parks KARL WILKES on ‘Knowing Who You Are’

KarlWilkes[spp-player]Former personal artist to Rosa Parks, Karl Wilkes, joins Ms. Uduak on The 54th episode of The Africa Music Law Show, to discuss the arts, knowing who you are and believing in yourself to achieve success. The interview takes place at the 90th Annual National Bar Association (NBA)  currently ongoing at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

The internationally renowned artist believes that through the universal language of art and history, life’s lessons can not only be visualized, but also, better understood. Wilkes was born in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He gained national attention when his masterpiece, History Lesson #5 was chosen by Pepsi and Scholastic, Inc. as the focal point of a national curriculum that aims to help students explore African American experience and achievement.

Wilkes’ repertoire includes teaching art and history to seventh and eighth graders, to college students nationwide, and to organizations throughout the Department of Defense. Wilkes also uses his acclaim in a philanthropic manner to teach Black History and its relationship to America worldwide. He donates much of his art to non-profit organizations for auctions that raise money for outreach programs. Money raised from sales and auctioning of Wilkes’ work have also been donated to help support sororities, youth groups, women’s organizations and to help fund cancer research.

Wilkes has been recognized for his ability to capture his art in an almost photographic quality. This distinguishing characteristic of his work has helped him to win several awards nationally and internationally. These awards include recognition for his famed Carnegie Hall exhibit entitled, “Unspoken Words Heard Visually,” the International American Art Award (Europe), and the International Arts Festival (Seoul, Korea). Wilkes is also a two-time recipient of the NAACP Image Award (Clemson, South Carolina). Most recently, Wilkes developed a Black History Month Program for Burger King Corporation.

Where to Find Karl Wilkes

Website: KarlWilkesart.com


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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at https://msuduak.com.

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