Ruth E. Carter

We are pleased to share day XXV of 540’s 2nd Annual Digital Black History Month Education Campaign

Ruth E. Carter  | Costume Designer 

  • Name: Ruth E. Carter 
  • Date of Birth: April 10, 1960 
  • Place of Birth: Springfield, Massachusetts 
  • Education: Hampton University 


  • First Black Woman to win Academy Award for Costume Design at the 91st Oscars on Feb. 24th 2019
  • Worked on a number of prolific films with famed Black director Spike Lee and  including Do the Right Thing (1989), Mo’ Better Blues (1990), Jungle Fever (1991), and Malcolm X(1992).

About Ruth E. Carter 

Ruth Carter began her career working as an intern in her hometown of Springfield, Massachusetts and at the Santa Fe Opera. She moved to Los Angeles in 1986. While working at the Los Angeles Theater Center, Carter met director Spike Lee, who hired her for his second film, School Daze (1988). In addition to designing costumes for the films of Spike Lee, Carter has worked with legendary directors such as Steven Spielberg and John Singleton, and has dressed actors from Denzel Washington to Josh Brolin, and actresses from Angela Bassett to Jane Fonda.

“…Even through the hard work, what you might have been afraid of, you are doing the right thing, you should not fear, because tomorrow is yours”

About the Campaign

Every day throughout the month of February 540Blog will devote space to sharing Little Known Facts About Black Americans Throughout History. For us every month is Black History Month but we recognize and support the continuous need to take time and space to put a special spotlight on the accomplishments of Black and brown Americans from all ethnicities that have literally changed the course of history and yet have legacies that are not know by the masses.


  1. Wikipedia
  2. Elle 
  3. CNN
  4. Hollywood Reporter 
  5. 10WBNS
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