Floyd Cooper, one of America's greatest illustrators of African American life have taught children and adults of all ages about black history through his drawings celebrating the accomplishments black people.
Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma; Floyd dedicated his life to telling the story of African American trailblazing pioneers. Many of these images of African American pioneers paved the way teaching thousands and even millions of Black people around the world the significant contributions African Americans and people of African descent have made to the economic and social fabric of American culture and history.
Floyd's vivid illustrations of Aaron Reynolds book On the Back of the Bus about a young boy observing Rosa Parks being arrested on a city bus tells a story of American history in pictures. In Howard Bryant's, Young Sisters and Champions, Floyd introduces America to a young Venus and Serena Williams through his drawings. America lost Floyd Cooper in 2021 to cancer, however children and adults around the world will be able to enjoy his illustrated works for years to come.