Howardena Pindell (1943- ) is an African American abstract artist in New York, NY. Her work is known for exploring texture, color, and the process of making art. Howard D. Pindell (1908-2006) was Howardena Pindell's father and was a teacher, and later a school principal in Maryland. He worked to start an African American teachers' union in order to address unequal salaries for Black teachers. In 1936 he was involved in a test case for salary equity pursued by Thurgood Marshall and Charles Hamilton Houston.