APRIL 25, 1952

SPOKANE ARTIST/ACTIVIST CHARLENE TETERS BORN

Born in Spokane, Washington, Teters earned a Master’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Her protest of a portrayal of a pseudo-Native American dance brought attention to the issue of racial stereotyping.  In 1991, she helped found the National Coalition on Racism in Sports and the Media and served as vice-president.  In 1997, Teters was named “Person of the Week” by Peter Jennings on the ABC World News Tonight program, for her efforts against stereotyping and provided the basis for the film In Whose Honor by Jay Rosenstein.  She’s a recipient of:  W.K. Kellogg Leadership Fellowship (2003-2004); Allan Houser Memorial Award, New Mexico Governors Award (2001); and Chalmers Memorial Award, American Civil Liberties Union (1991).  Currently, a professor of Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts, she also served as Hugh O. LaBounty Endowed Chair of Interdisciplinary Knowledge at California State Polytechnic University

Source:  Charlene Teters website.  Retrieved 6/28/2019, www.charleneteters.com.  
Photo:  U.S. Senate, 5/4/2011.  Public Domain.  Photograph taken by an officer or employee of the United States Government as part of that person’s official duties under the terms of Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 105 of the US Code.

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