Dana Chandler

Dana C. Chandler, Jr., also known as Akin Duro, (born April 7, 1941), is a Black Power artist, activist and Professor Emeritus at Simmons College.

Dana Chandler
Dana C. Chandler, Jr.

(1941-04-07) April 7, 1941 (age 79)
Other namesAkin Duro
Years active1970-present

Early life and educationEdit

Chandler was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. He grew up in the Roxbury neighborhood of Boston.[1]

Chandler was educated in Boston Public Schools. From an early age he began fighting for social justice using art as a tool for change. He was awarded the National Scholastic Art Award for all four years of his high school career, at Boston's Technical High School as well as the school's first annual Art Award in 1959. It was at this time that he joined the NAACP in the black integrationist movement. Chandler was influential on many artists including Gary Rickson.[2]

In 1967, Chandler received a B.S. in Teacher Education from the Massachusetts College of Art.


Chandler was a part of the black integrationist movement in Boston, using art for social justice and human rights.[3][4][5]

In 1971, Chandler was hired as an assistant professor at Simmons College. He retired in May 2004.


  1. ^ Chandler, Dana; Brown, Robert F. (interviewer) (11 March 1993). "Oral history interview with Dana Chandler, 1993 March 11-May 5" (Oral history, includes audio). Archives of American Art.
  2. ^ "Artist behind iconic Roxbury mural is keeping the faith". Boston.com. Retrieved 2017-04-21.
  3. ^ "Finding aid for the Dana C. Chandler, Jr. Papers". neu.edu. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Dana Chandler - Artist, Fine Art, Auction Records, Prices, Biography for Dana C, Jr Chandler". askart.com. Retrieved 8 February 2015.
  5. ^ "Black Power in Art". thecrimson.com. Retrieved 8 February 2015.

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