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West of CenterArt and the Counterculture Experiment in America, 1965-1977$
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Elissa Auther and Adam Lerner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677252

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677252.001.0001

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The Revolution Will Be Visualized: Black Panther Artist Emory Douglas

The Revolution Will Be Visualized: Black Panther Artist Emory Douglas

(p.240) Chapter 14 The Revolution Will Be Visualized: Black Panther Artist Emory Douglas
West of Center

Colette Gaiter

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the work of artist Emory Douglas. In 1967, a young man barely in his twenties, Douglas was named Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party. His visual skills, combined with the Panther leaders’ sharp verbal rhetoric, resulted in the graphically explosive Black Panther newspaper that embodied the group’s concept of revolution through self-empowerment. Over the course of his tenure as Minister of Culture, which ended in the early 1980s, Douglas used revolutionary art to empower African Americans in a post-Civil Rights Act, everyday-in-the-streets struggle. In concert with the goals of the Panther Party, Douglas’s body of work played a major role in two formations that continue to grow—black cultural liberation and the increasing dominance of images over words in cultural production.

Keywords:   Emory Douglas, African American artists, Black Panther, civil rights, blacks, revolutionary art, self-empowerment, black cultural liberation

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