Alvin Carl Hollingsworth (1928-2000)
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Born in Harlem, New York, Alvin Carl Hollingsworth was an African American painter with parents of West Indian descent. He loved art from the age of 4 and by 12 he was as an art assistant for Holyoke Publishing's Cat-Man Comics, and then later published many series of comics. He later began his career as a fine art painter. In the summer of 1963, he and fellow Black artists Romare Bearden and William Majors formed the group Spiral in order to participate in the Civil Rights Movement through art exhibitions. In the 1960s, he directed an art program teaching art at the Harlem Parents Committee Freedom School. His paintings focus on several issues including civil rights for women and African Americans.