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Charles Alston (a.k.a. “Spinky”) of Charlotte, North Carolina was an artist who taught the best of the Harlem Renaissance. Among Alston’s students was the great painter Jacob Lawrence.  To earn a living while studying his craft, Alston was an illustrator, designing album covers for Duke Ellington and Langston Hughes.

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