15 Classic Campaigns From African-American Creatives That Helped Shape Advertising

From the '70s to today, this work impacted culture

The work spans brands, styles and decades. Photo Illustration: Amber McAden

Conversations surrounding diversity and inclusion—or, more pointedly, the lack thereof—have become a regular occurrence in the ad industry. Unfortunately, less attention is paid to the monumental creative accomplishments made by people of color throughout the discipline’s history. The work they’ve produced over the past 50-plus years has played a vital role in defining advertising as we know it today, even if most of their names are not as well-known as those of other industry icons.

@ErikDOster erik.oster@adweek.com Erik Oster is Adweek's senior writer covering Agencies.
@PatrickCoffee patrick.coffee@adweek.com Patrick Coffee is a senior editor for Adweek.
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