ESPN’s ‘The Undefeated’

Our artist Rob Ball has been very busy! He was commissioned by ESPN to create portraits for 44 of the most influential black Americans in history to honor the end of Obama’s presidency. He created likenesses of famous people of color in politics, the music world, the art world, sports, and more. Rob’s graphic style perfectly captures these dynamic individuals. Here, we’ve picked some of our favorite portraits to share with you. To view them all, please visit The Undefeated.

Barack Obama

Because he was the president of the United States of America

Obama

Shirley Chisholm

Because before ‘Yes We Can’ there was ‘Unbought and Unbossed’

 

Shirley Chisholm

Frederick Douglass

Because his voice rose from the horror of slavery to challenge the denial of black humanity

Frederick Douglass

Sojourner Truth

Because of a famous speech amid a lifetime of activism

Sojourner Truth

Malcolm X

Because he was the spark who sought to ignite equality by any means necessary

Malcolm X

Katherine Johnson

Because she used numbers to find her voice at NASA. (Go see Hidden Figures!)

 

Katherine Johnson

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Because without Basquiat, there’d be no graffiti. Without Basquiat, there’d be no Banksy.

Basquiat

Maya Angelou

Because she rose to greatness despite facing some of life’s cruelest hardships

Maya Angelou

Jimi Hendrix

Because no one can match his genius and Purple Haze

Jimi Hendrix

Toni Morrison

Because she believed everyone has a story to tell

Toni Morrison

Jay Z

Because he’s saving hip-hop while handling his business

Jay-Z

Stevie Wonder

Because nobody has uplifted more spirits than him

Stevie Wonder

Serena Williams

Because she’s simply the best

Serena Williams

Muhammad Ali

Because he was the greatest, just like he said he was

Muhammad Ali

Michael Jordan

Because it’s gotta be the shoes

Michael Jordan

Jackie Robinson

Because he was the man who knocked Jim Crow clean out of the park

Jackie Robinson