Inevitably, Charles White's work was included in many survey exhibitions of African American art, during the heyday of such exhibitions. One such exhibition was The Evolution of Afro-American Artists, 1800 - 1950. The exhibition, which came with this catalogue, was shown at the Great Hall, the City College, New York, New York, October 16 - November 5, 1967. Not only was White’s work included in the exhibition itself, but a reproduction of his Juba #2, from 1965 was chosen to grace the poster for the exhibition, The poster was a commanding piece of publicity, the majesty of the original work effortlessly reproduced in this twice-folded poster. The poster itself measured approximately 32" x 22".
The Evolution of Afro-American Artists, 1800 – 1950 may well have acted as a blueprint for Two Centuries of Black American Art, David Driskell’s comprehensive sweep of African American art history, that took place at LACMA in the mid 1970s. Certainly, these two exhibitions concerned themselves with similar time frames, and The Evolution of Afro-American Artists, 1800 – 1950 contained many hugely significant works by the canonical figures of African American art history.
White’s work appeared in the ‘The Depression Years – World War II’ section of the exhibition. The catalogue essay covered three pages and was described as ‘An Excerpt from an Essay b Carroll Greene, Jr.’ Not surprisingly, given the number of artists in the exhibition, references to White, in the essay itself, were modest and fleeting. White was represented in The Evolution of Afro-American Artists, 1800 – 1950 by four works, one of which was reproduced in the catalogue on page 36 - John Brown, Lithograph, 18 x 22” (in this instance, width clearly preceded height).
Each of the artists in the exhibition was represented by an abbreviated biography. White’s appeared on page 65