The look behind the movement: The Black Panthers – Emory Douglas

The Black Panther Party was founded over 50 years ago in 1966. Sadly right now in America, it feels just as relevant as it did when it was started.

The design aesthetic behind Black Panther’s artwork was created by Emory Douglas. From posters, flyers and it’s popular newsletter ‘The Black Panther’ were all guided by Emory Douglas, the Black Panther’s Minister of Culture.

“The visual messages Douglas helped to propagate through the Black Panther Party’s media outlets unnerved many who had already been made anxious by the climate of unrest and revolution, and the perceived danger of his images is a testament to their potency”.

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Just from looking at these artworks, you get a sense the injustice that was happening all around. It really has a feeling of haste that these images were put together to serve a purpose, illustrating a current event, helping people to process the world around them.

Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement

“In the ’50s and ’60s there was segregation here in the Bay Area and all over the country. There was a curfew for young blacks my age in the Fillmore district where I lived. It was a disturbing thing. There were civil rights movements here in San Francisco. They would show on the national news the dogs being sicced on the marchers, being sprayed with the hoses, being beaten with the batons.”

Emory Douglas: The Art of the Black Panther
Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement
Black Panther design movement
Black Panthers Design Art

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