WILLIAM

 
 
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W.E.B. Du Bois, William Edward Burghardt Du Bois in full, was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author, writer and editor. After completing graduate work at the University of Berlin and Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology and economics at Atlanta University.

 
 
 

After three decades of emancipation, the gains made by African-Americans, those that existed at all, presented a decidedly mixed picture about the state of racial progress in the country. After graduating with a Ph.D. in history from Harvard University, W.E.B. Du Bois, the prominent African-American intellectual, sought a way to process all this information showing why the African diaspora in America was being held back in a tangible, contextualized form.

To accomplish this goal, Du Bois turned to the burgeoning field of sociology. Sociology’s scope in history, statistics, and demographics held the potential to quantifiably reveal "life within the Veil," as Du Bois called the structural forces of oppressions that separated black and white populations, whether that came to educational attainment, voting rights, or land ownership.

 
 
 

After embarking on a sprawling sociological study of African-Americans living in Philadelphia, he was hired as a professor at the historically black Atlanta University in 1897 where he would be asked to contribute a social study about African-American life to the Exposition Universelle, the Paris World Fair of 1900.

For Du Bois, the show presented both an opportunity and a challenge. Part of his contribution was carefully curating 500 photographs to show a nuanced snapshot of what life was like for black Americans. While he wanted to use the photographs to undercut racist stereotypes about African-Americans, the images alone did not relay the underlining ways that the institution of slavery continued to impact African-American progress in the country. So he set about making approximately 60 carefully handmade data visualizations, to dictate, in full, vibrant color, the reasons why black America was being held back. *

 
 
 
 

So far, I’ve developed 3 regular weights based on the infographics. Long-term, I’ll be creating a set of condensed and extended widths, but for the moment, I’ll be focusing on the regular and back italics (pictured in the second slider).

The current family is being used throughout this site, and consists of 564 characters per weight with a total of 11 stylistic sets, many of which you can see in the images above.

 
 

CARRIE

 
 
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On October 23, 1915, over 25,000 women marched up Fifth Avenue in New York City to advocate for women’s suffrage. At that point, the fight had been ongoing for more than 65 years, with the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848 first passing a resolution in favor of women’s suffrage. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t find success for another five years.*

 
 
Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images

Photo by Bettmann/Getty Images

 

New York’s 1915 suffrage parade was the largest held in the city until that time. The parade was led by skilled political strategist, suffragist, and peace activist, Carrie Chapman Catt.

 
 
Photo by Charles Phelps Cushing/Alamy Stock Photo

Photo by Charles Phelps Cushing/Alamy Stock Photo

 

Carrie Chapman Catt was an American women's suffrage leader who campaigned for the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which gave U.S. women the right to vote in 1920. Catt served as president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association and was the founder of the League of Women Voters and the International Alliance of Women. She led an army of voteless women in 1919 to pressure Congress to pass the constitutional amendment giving them the right to vote and convinced state legislatures to ratify it in 1920 and was one of the best-known women in the United States in the first half of the twentieth century. *

 
 
 
 

STONEWALL

 
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The 1960s and preceding decades were not welcoming times for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. For instance, solicitation of same-sex relations was illegal in New York City.

For such reasons, LGBT individuals flocked to gay bars and clubs, places of refuge where they could express themselves openly and socialize without worry.

 
 
 
Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images

Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images

 

The Stonewall Inn, often shortened to Stonewall, is a gay bar and recreational tavern in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of Lower Manhattan, New York City, and the site of the Stonewall riots of 1969, which is widely considered to be the single most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBT rights in the United States.

 
 
Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images

Photo by Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images

 

This typeface is inspired by the vertical sign that once hung outside of Stonewall. While I still have some kerning issues to solve, the only character I’m still working on is ‘R’, but once that’s done I’ll start working on language support, and hope to be done by November. Stay tuned!

 
 
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