As a young artist in Chicago he used his talent to gain access to groups and guilds that fostered community and networks of supporters. After fighting in WWII and living in New York and Mexico, White remarried and moved to Los Angeles in 1950 where he would paint, draw, teach, and become a leader in many of the artist associations that organized black artists through the 1960’s and 1970s. During this time his artistic practice shifted from painting to drawing, a time when many of his most notable works were created.
White’s passion for the arts and his desire to make his art accessible to many, echoed his dedication to social justice and equality. His advocacy and role in fostering an artistic community struggling to be recognized and respected sybolically mirrors the nurturing mother in Seed of Love. White demonstrated a protective reverance for the black art community in ways that continue to resonate today. His advocacy, rooted in the strength of his diverse network placed an important spotlight on black artists who were fighting for the attention of museums and the art world at large.