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Delilah W. Pierce is mentioned in the African American Almanac, authored by Lean’tin Bracks. Reviewer Emily Rose Compton-Dzak wrote:
Bracks chronicles the African American experience from the arrival of the first Africans to North America in the early 1600s to the present day. The almanac is organized into 12 chapters: “Africans in America”; “Civil Rights”; “Politics”; “Education”; “Religion”; “Literature”; “Business Entrepreneurs/Media”; “Performing and Visual/Applied Arts”; “Music”; “Science, Technology, Inventors, and Explorers”; “Sports”; and “Military.” Each chapter includes an essay and a collection of “biographies of individuals who have made progress and positive change possible.” Black-and-white photographs and illustrations are found throughout.
Learn more about the: African American Almanac: 400 Years of Triumph, Courage, and Excellence.
Delilah W. Pierce and Alma W. Thomas were dear friends and cohorts. According to family representatives of Ms. Pierce, they recall them attending many luncheons, events, and exhibitions together. Delilah W. Pierce was mentioned in the Alma Thomas papers (1894-2000) as part of her Little Paris Group, 1948, and on her Wikipedia page:
“Thomas and Pierce would drive into the countryside where Thomas would seek inspiration, pulling ideas from the effects of light and atmosphere on rural environments.”
In September of 1998 Alma W. Thomas published: Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings and included Delilah W. Pierce in the book.
Click to read and (or) download: Alma W. Thomas: A Retrospective of the Paintings
Delilah W. Pierce was very active in her sorority. In 1952 she was listed as a delegate at the 1952 conclave.
Click to view: Delegates Listed.
Author Helen Tierney published a cannon of female African American painters. In her anthology she covered the wider expressions of African American female artists. Delilah W. Pierce was included in the cannon. Ms. Tierney explored some of the core “emotions” of African American art: celebration, grief, anger, and pride. Check out Helen Tierney’s The Women’s Studies Encyclopedia.
In 1983 the Evan-Tibbs Collection published Richard Dempsey, Lois Jones, Delilah Pierce, James Porter, Alma Thomas, James Wells: Six Washington Masters. This book was thought to have revived the careers for many of the artists included in the book.
Dorothy West, American author is “remembered for her sharp, observations of economic, social, class, racial and gender issues within the African-American community, Dorothy West completed her first novel, The Living Is Easy, in 1948. She also started two literary magazines, one with writer Richard Wright titled New Challenge, and published a second novel in 1995, The Wedding, to acclaim,” In 2001 she published The Dorothy West Martha’s Vineyard. Ms. West describes how Delilah W. Pierce played an active part in her summer life on Martha’s Vineyard. They were dear friends and shared many, many memories. Dorothy West’s book is a must read: The Dorothy West Martha’s Vineyard.
As with many in the African American elite, Delilah W. Pierce was often included in Jet Magazine’s society pages. In 1968 Delilah was congratulated for her individual exhibit held in March.