January 6, 2020

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Cecilia Walker

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Emory Douglas: The Iconic Revolutionary Artist For The Black Panther Party

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Have you ever wondered how the term “pigs” became synonymous in representing law enforcement or government officials? If not, let me introduce you to the man and his work responsible for coining a term that has become branded as a symbol of oppression by law enforcement. Emory Douglas is the …

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Have you ever wondered how the term “pigs” became synonymous in representing law enforcement or government officials? If not, let me introduce you to the man and his work responsible for coining a term that has become branded as a symbol of oppression by law enforcement.

Emory Douglas is the Graphic Designer responsible for creating a dynamic and powerful brand for the Black Panther Party during the operating years of 1967–1980. Douglas was the Art Director, Graphic Designer, and Minister of Culture for the Party. He communicated hardcore messages through visual communication to the African American community. His audience for the paper were individuals who were uneducated and not as proficient in literature and politics. As such, Douglas designed visually potent ads using bold thick lines, one color, textured patterns and messages intertwined in the art. He also used collaged photos mixed in between certain elements in the work.

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He created political cartoons where many images of “pigs,” symbolized the government and law officials ongoing oppression against minorities. He also elucidated the power that is within the minority community with images of authoritative revolutionaries who resembled their culture. Below are some of many impactful designs Douglas designed while working at the Black Panther Party.

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new york branding sports graphic design studio

new york branding sports graphic design studio

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Douglas continues to create works today that have a social justice impact in the world. To view more of his work, you can pick up his book that highlights his artwork. You can also view more of his work at the Black Panther Party here.

©All images Copyright Emory Douglas and the Black Panther Party Newspaper