Emory Douglas: Designing Justice

by | Jun 1, 2020 | SGCItoday

Artist Lecture at the UM Stamps School of Art

From the UM Stamps School of Art: “Emory Douglas worked as the resident Revolutionary Artist and Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party in the San Francisco Bay Area from 1967 through the 1980s. In addition to creating iconic posters and postcards, a key part of Douglas’ responsibilities in this role included art direction, design, and illustration for the organization’s newspaper, The Black Panther. During his tenure, Douglas created powerful images to depict the reality of racial injustice in America and to promote the party’s ideologies. His distinctive style established the “militant-chic” style decades before the aesthetic became popularized and sought to flip the cultural paradigm from one of African American victimhood to one of powerful outrage.”