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Designed by:
Gail Anderson, American, born 1962  Search this
Subject of:
Marian Wright Edelman, American, born 1939  Search this
Design Museum of Chicago  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 20 × 13 1/2 in. (50.8 × 34.3 cm)
Place printed:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
Gail Anderson is a New York based designer and partner at Anderson Newton Design. Since 1987, Anderson has worked in the field of design at design firms, advertising agencies, and publications. Her work has received awards from major design organizations, including the Society of Publication Designers and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). In 2008 she received a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the AIGA. Anderson currently works as Creative Director at the School of Visual Arts Press and is on the Citizen Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Post Office. In 2013, the US Postal Service commissioned Anderson to design the commemorative stamp for the sesquicentennial of the Emancipation Proclamation. Anderson was only the second African American designer tapped to design a commemorative stamp, the first being Georg Olden who designed the Proclamation’s 100th anniversary stamp in 1963.
This is a poster designed by Gail Anderson with a quote by Marian Wright Edelman. This poster has a white background with black text and graphics. The poster depicts two large hands, one descending from the top margin and pointing down and one emerging from the poster’s bottom margin and pointing up. Both hands are pointing with its index finger and have the other fingers folded down against the palm. The hands are attached to wrists that are wearing white buttoned cuffs under dark sleeves. In the poster’s upper left quadrant is large text in block letters that reads “A Lot of People / Are Waiting / For MARTIN / LUTHER KING / or MAHATMA / GANDHI / To Come Back- / But / They Are / GONE.” In the lower right quadrant this text continues “WE / ARE IT. / IT IS UP / TO US. / IT IS UP / TO YOU.” Below this quote is smaller red text that reads “Marian / Wright / Edelman.” In the bottom right corner is small black text that reads “Chicago Design Museum / “Great Ideas of Humanity / -One of a Series.” Followed by a pre-printed signature by Gail Anderson. The back of the poster is blank.
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Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gail Anderson
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Restrictions & Rights:
© Gail Anderson
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Great Ideas of Humanity
Decorative Arts, Craft, and Design
Memorabilia and Ephemera - Political and Activist Ephemera
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National Museum of African American History and Culture