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Emory Douglas

CCSF Art Department and SFMOMA Present:

Emory Douglas at City College

emory douglas portraitOn October 28, 2021, artist and social justice leader Emory Douglas discussed his remarkable body of work in a talk co-hosted by SFMOMA and City College of San Francisco. In dialogue with educator, scholar, and performer Aliyah Dunn-Salahuddin, Douglas discussed the history, techniques, and concepts of his revolutionary illustration and design work for The Black Panther and Sun-Reporter newspapers and discussed his recent SFMOMA mural commission, REPARATIONS (2007/2021), currently on view on Floor 2 at SFMOMA. 

About Emory Douglas

As Minister of Culture and Revolutionary Artist for the Black Panther Party (BPP) from 1967 to the early 1980s, Emory Douglas shaped the visual language of protest in the United States. Douglas designed the party’s newspaper, The Black Panther, which at its peak had a weekly circulation of 100,000 copies and a readership of 400,000. Deploying a unique combination of graphic design, illustration, photo collage, cartoon, and text, he embraced the power of revolutionary imagery to inspire political consciousness in everyday people. After the BPP dissolved in the early 1980s, Douglas stayed committed to the liberation struggle, remaining a key figure for new generations of artists and activists around the world. 

Photo courtesy Jos Wheeler

REPARATIONS (2007/2021)

Visit SFMOMA to see the installation of Douglas' mural REPARATIONS (2007/2021):

Watch a video of Emory Douglas discussing the ideology behind his mural REPARATIONS.

Influences and Collaborators

Learn more about the influences and collaborators Mr. Douglas referenced in his talk through these resources at the CCSF Library and beyond.

Mr. Douglas mentioned his connection to the Polynesian Panther Party, an international BPP affiliate. You can learn more about them in this Radio New Zealand article.

Mr. Douglas was influenced by the Cuban poster artists and the work coming out of OPSAAAL (Organization in Solidarity with the People of Africa, Asia, and Latin America) .

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