Looking at the image set, you will see that artists explored different aspects of African American life and identity during the first part of the twentieth century.
Have students evaluate the images to discover what some of the connecting ideas among them may be. Students can start by examining elements of art including colors, forms, lines, textures, and shapes. Then they can move on to exploring what subjects are pictured (e.g., slavery, beauty, family, music) or what statement they believe the artist may be making.
Ask small groups of students working together to arrange the works according to three or four connecting ideas.