Before he was a renowned artist, Romare Bearden was also a talented baseball player. He was recruited by the Philadelphia Athletics on the pretext that he would agree to pass as white. He turned down the offer, instead choosing to work on his art. He is considered one of the most important American artists of the 20th century. Born in Charlotte, N.C., he landed in New York City and studied with George Grosz. His early paintings were realistic with religious themes and depicted aspects of black culture in a Cubist style. He was also a songwriter and designed sets for the Alvin Ailey Company. The Romare Bearden Park located in Charlotte Center City opened in 2013 and is named in his honor
“Romare Bearden.” Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2015. Web. 24 Feb. 2015.