Raymond Lark (Born 1939)
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An African American artist, Raymond Lark, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Before became a successful artist, Lark took on different jobs including shining shoes, garbage man and unskilled factory laborer, but was able to rise to successful artist despite the odds stacked against him. The civil rights movement inspired Lark to become an artist. Lark uses all kind of mediums from painting to drafting to printing. He attended several institutions including Temple University Evening College, Dobbins Vocational Night School and St. John's Night College. Lark also received his Doctorate degree from the University of Colorado. 1967, Lark joined the Art West Associated (AWA), a black arts organization that promote education and culture discussion as well as award and give recognition to those who participate in the mainstream art institutes. He is known for his tenacity and drive to succeed.