Frank Lucas is a graphic designer, illustrator, and photographer with many “firsts.” He was the first African American to be hired in Boston’s elite advertising industry and the first to be hired in editorial or art in product development at Ginn & Company, a textbook and children’s book publisher, where he worked for 31 years in positions of increasing authority. Frank was born and raised in Cambridge, where he attended the Houghton School in the Coast and Rindge Technical School, Class of 1950. He is an honors graduate of Vesper George School of Art. In 2003, Frank was profiled in History Makers, the single largest collection of African American first-person video oral history testimony in the world. In 2020, he was honored as one of the Cambridge Community Foundation’s Cultural Visionaries. Frank is the inspiration and the artistic vision of CBHP’s bookmark project and is himself one of our trailblazers.