WASHINGTON, DC—The National Portrait Gallery prominently exhibits new acquisitions in a corridor adjacent to its main lobby. A selection of the most recent new portraits includes paintings, drawings and photographs of Americans who have made their mark in a range of fields, among them: Harlem-born General Colin L. Powell, the former national security adviser, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and secretary of state—the first black person to serve in all three posts; scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr., a professor at Harvard University where he is director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African-American Research; and Carl Van Vechten, a photographer and pivotal patron of black arts during the Harlem Renaissance. An accomplished rapper, an artist/activist, a rock and roll legend and Muhammad Ali, are included in the group, too.
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