Black History Month illustration

Throughout history, Black people have sought ways to nurture and protect Black lives and the autonomy of their physical and intellectual bodies through various forms of resistance, including but not limited to nonviolence, education, literature, sports, media, legislation and armed struggle. Black-led institutions and affiliations have also lobbied, litigated, legislated, protested and succeeded.

The 2023 Black History Month theme of Black Resistance is an opportunity to reflect on the global struggles of Black communities in the context of both the impediments and triumphs.

Mia Jefferson, Senior, majoring in Graphic Design with an emphasis in Information Technology

Mia Jefferson, senior graphic design major, digital art will be featured throughout BHM 2023.

Featured student and artist

Mia Jefferson is a Mizzou senior majoring in graphic design with an emphasis in Information Technology. Her work revolves around the representation of minority groups, women’s empowerment, and architectural and landscape appreciation. As an advocate for racial equality, Mia contributed a digital drawing to participate in Black History Month 2023.                                                               

                                 Meet the Artist

Where is your hometown?

Wichita, Kansas

What was your inspiration for these pieces?

For this piece, I was inspired by the singing career of Billie Holiday, Concerned Student 1950, and photography documenting resistance across Africa and the African diaspora. 

How did you get started as an artist?

I have always been more visually inclined. However, it wasn’t until about two years ago, when I started studying Graphic Design, that I discovered I am also passionate about fine art. The Fine Arts Studio faculty have provided valuable support to the growth of my skills and confidence in my work. Since then, I have gravitated most toward photography, digital drawing, and acrylic painting. 

From your perspective, how do these pieces reflect Black History Month?

This piece reflects Black History Month by referencing individuals and pivotal moments in the history of Black resistance in Africa and the African diaspora.