Inevitably, Charles White was one of the artists included in David Driskell’s landmark survey exhibition, Two Centuries of Black American Art, which premiered at Los Angeles County Museum of Art, September 30, 1976–November 21, 1976. This was LACMA’s major exhibition for the American bicentennial year, and was the first comprehensive survey of African American art which, following its premier at LACMA, toured three other major U.S. art institutions [the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, January 8, 1977–February 20, 1977; the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, March 30, 1977–May 15, 1977; and the Brooklyn Museum, June 25, 1977–August 21, 1977]. The premise of Two Centuries of Black American Art was to acknowledge the work of Black artists during the two centuries period of 1750 to 1950, whose contributions to American art had largely been neglected. Featuring over 200 works and 63+ artists, the show included painting, sculpture, drawing, graphics, crafts and decorative arts
White was represented in the catalogue by multiple references, through the publication, a total of three images, and one dedicated page which consisted of an edited CV, a one paragraph summary of White’s significance as an artist, plus a list of the eight images of his work, included in the exhibition. Alongside the page of text there appeared a reproduction of Seed of Love, a 1969 ink drawing in the LACMA collection. Seed of Love was a drawing of a noticeably pregnant young African American woman, in profile.
A work by Charles White, a lithograph I Have A Dream (1976), was used on the poster for the Two Centuries of Black American Art exhibition. The work was made the year in which the exhibition opened, making it one of White's later creations. To give an idea of the scale of the original lithograph, compared to its scale on the poster, the original lithograph measured approximately 22 5/8 x 30 1/4 inches, and the LACMA poster measured approximately 24 x 26 inches