The power of example is strong…. A few decades ago Negroes had no “examples” within their own race to spur them on. But, now, seeing men and women of their own color bettering their condition so phenomenally, they realize that they—or their children—can do as much.

Paul Williams, “I Am a Negro,” American Magazine, July 1937.


Perhaps the most successful Negro artist in the U.S. is Paul R. Williams of Los Angeles….

“Negroes: The U.S. Also Has a Minority Problem,” LIFE, October 3, 1938.