Quotation by Elma Lewis

Our role is to support anything positive in black life and destroy anything negative that touches it. You have no other reason for being. I don't understand art for art's sake. Art is the guts of the people.
Elma Lewis (b. 1921), African American artist. As quoted in The Decade of Women, by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons (1980).

On the mission of the Elma Lewis School in Roxbury, Massachusetts. This quotation was first published in a 1977 issue of Ms. magazine.
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