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Alkebu Motapa Collection

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 0150

Scope and Contents

The collection contains artwork created by Alkebu Motapa and includes photographs, letter-sized copies of posters, post cards and posters duplicated on T-shirts. Contains some original artwork, most are reproductions. The remaining items include an application for an Individual Artist Grant, audiotapes, a civil rights lawsuit, a compact disc, correspondence, newspaper clippings, tee shirts, and videotape. His work show cases community relations affecting the Black community.

Dates

  • 1966-2002 1986-1989
  • Majority of material found within 1986 - 1989

Creator

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials must be obtained from the African American Library at the Gregory School or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Alkebu Motapa, originally known as Carl Eugene More Austin, was born in the Fifth Ward of Houston, on August 29,1946 to Viola Mary Austin. He also used the name, "Humanity Chants," on his artwork. He attended Phillis Wheatley High School and E.E. Worthing Senior High School. Houston. As a youth, he became involved with numerous organizations in human rights movements and worked with the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and various agencies. He attended several universities such as Texas Southern University, Howard University, UCLA, Charles Drew Medical School, Cleveland, Life, and Sherman Chiropractic Colleges, obtaining a B.A. and an M.A. He also spent time with indigenous natives in the United States, Africa and the West Indies. In 1980, he began work as an Indigenous Natural Health Doctor and Clinical Supervisor, specializing in substance abuse programs. Motapa also founded the Sankhore’ Natural Health Foundation, Motapa Museum of Natural Health, Science & Fine Arts Museum in Houston.

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet (2 boxes, including cassettes, and video cassettes)

Language of Materials

English

Arrangement

Arranged in three series; folders are arranged in alphabetical order by title. When known, dates are listed.

Series I: General Information- contains information about the artist and museum founder, Alkebu Motap which discuss his life and activities.

Series II: Artwork- Examples of his artwork using the media of posters, post cards and T-shirts

Series III: Audiovisual Materials- contains music composed and produced by Motapa.

Custodial History

These records were formerly housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library as MSS 0317 Alekebu Motapa Collection and was transferred to the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library in April] 2019.

Acquisition Information

Alkebu Motapa donated the collection in 1999 and 2001.

Related Material

SC 0020 African American Heritage Museum of Houston (TSU)

Processing Information

Processed by Ron Drees, May, 2008; Addition proccessed by Sheena Wilson July 2020
Title
MSS 0150 Alkebu Motapa Collection
Subtitle
An Inventory of Records at the African American Library at the Gregory School, Houston Public Library
Status
Completed
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 1, 2020: Addition processed, July 2020

Repository Details

Part of the Gregory School Repository

Contact:

(832) 393-1662

The African American Library at the Gregory School
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Houston, Texas 77019
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HPL.Gregoryschool@houstontx.gov
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
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832-393-1662