Gail Adelle Hansberry (b.1939)
Gail Adelle Hansberry is an educator and photographer born on September 4, 1939, to the distinguished scholar and historian William Leo Hansberry and Myrtle Kelso. In 1956, Gail graduated from McKinley Technical High School's first integrated class. In 1960, she graduated cum laude, receiving a Bachelors degree in art and art history, and earning her Masters degree in art history and graphics from Smith College in 1962. Gail received postgraduate education at Howard University.
As an educator, Gail Hansberry taught art at Taft Junior High School, and taught art and art history at North Carolina Central University.
Gail Hansberry has displayed many talents, in “1967, she joined Time Warner's Book Division researching texts and photos. As an independent editorial researcher and photographic consultant from 1976 to 1985, Hansberry's clientele included McMillan, Black Enterprise magazine, American Visions, People, Playboy, R.R, Bowker, Boone and Young, McGraw-Hill, James E. Hinton Enterprises, American Can Company, the United Methodist Church and Blackside, Inc.”
As a photographer, Gail Hansberry’s work has been exhibited in a plethora of noteworthy locales, including the Schomburg Center for Black Research, the American Museum of Natural History, the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, and Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Like many in her family, Gail Hansberry has been active in several organizations, including the International Association of Black Professionals in International Affairs, as a board member, and she served as National President of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
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