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Interview Date: 05/05/2017

Filmmaker and nonprofit chief executive Linda Goode Bryant was born on July 21, 1949 in Columbus, Ohio to Floyd and Josephine Goode. Bryant attended Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her B.A. degree in studio art with a minor in drama in 1972. She went on to earn her M.B.A degree in management from Columbia University in 1980.

Upon her graduation from Spelman College, Bryant moved to New York City and spent time as a fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and worked in the education department of The Studio Museum in Harlem. In 1974, Bryan founded the Just Above Midtown Gallery, which was one of the first commercial art galleries devoted primarily to Hispanic and African American artists in New York. The following year, Just Above Midtown Gallery hosted the first New York solo exhibition for artist Davis Hammons. Bryant’s gallery also helped launch the careers of artists such as Senga Nengudi, Maren Hassinger, and Houston Conwill. In 1978, Bryant collaborated with Marcy S. Philips to write Contextures, a critical work about the use of mixed media as well as the role of African Americans within the Abstract Expressionist movement. Unfortunately, the gallery closed in 1986. From 1990 to 1991, Bryant worked as a senior policy analyst for economic development in New York under Mayor David Dinkins. She then launch a career in documentary filmmaking. In 2003, Bryant, with Laura Poitras, co-directed Flag Wars, a film about the gentrification of the Olde Towne East neighborhood of Columbus, Ohio during the late 1990s. The documentary won a Peabody Award in 2003 and its success led to Bryant receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship the following year.

Bryant has founded multiple programs that benefit communities around the country. In 2003, she founded the Active Citizen Project, which focused on the use of art and media to encourage teenagers to bring about social change. Through the Active Citizen Project, Open Caucus and Project EATS have been established. Open Caucus was a nationwide program that sought to get teenagers involved with local political issues. Project EATS was founded in 2008, in the wake of the global food crisis, and focused on training urban communities to practice sustainable farming within their neighborhoods.

Bryant lives in New York, New York. She has one son, Kenneth Bryant, and three grandchildren.

Linda Goode Bryant was interviewed by The HistoryMakerson May 5, 2017.

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