Emory Douglas

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1940s

1943

Emory Douglas is born in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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1950s

1951

Emory Douglas moves to San Francisco with his family for his health.

late 1950s 1958

Emory Douglas has his first lessons in graphic design at the Youth Training School, a juvenile detention center in Ontario, California. In their print shop he is introduced to typography, illustration, and logo design.

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1960s

1960s 1965

Emory Douglas studies commercial art at San Francisco City College. There he is inspired by the works of Elizabeth Catlett, Aaron Douglas, and Charles White, and becomes involved in the Black Arts Movement.

1967

In January, Emory Douglas meets Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale at a planning meeting for an event with Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X’s widow. There he asks them how he can join the Black Panther Party.

1967

Emory Douglas visits Huey P. Newton, Bobby Seale, and Eldridge Cleaver at the Black House, where Cleaver lives. Seale is working on the first issue of The Black Panther Community News Service, and Douglas offers his help to improve it.

1967

Emory Douglas serves as the party’s Revolutionary Artist and oversees layout and production of The Black Panther Community News Service until the party disbands in the early 1980s.

1967

Emory Douglas is appointed Minister of Culture of the Black Panther Party.

1969

Emory Douglas, All Power to the People, 1969. Offset print. Collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. © 2018 Emory Douglas/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Emory Douglas, See Revolutionary Art Exhibit, 1969. Offset print. Collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. © 2018 Emory Douglas/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

1969

Emory Douglas is briefly roommates with Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver. The home is a hub for the Black Panther Party’s San Francisco chapter.

1969

Emory Douglas has a solo exhibition at Suzanne Jackson’s Gallery 32 in Los Angeles. The exhibition serves as a fundraiser for Black Panther Party programs, including free breakfast for children, free health clinics, and freeing political prisoners.

1969

Suzanne Jackson organizes a solo exhibition of Black Panther Party member Emory Douglas at Gallery 32. The LAPD and FBI visit the gallery throughout the exhibition to monitor it.

decade

2000s

2007

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, organizes the exhibition Black Panther: The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas.

decade

2010s

2016

Emory Douglas is included in the group exhibition All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 at the Oakland Museum of California.

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5000s

5000

Emory Douglas, 5000 Blacks May Go to Prison by December, 1971. Newspaper. Collection of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. © 2018 Emory Douglas/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.
Senga Nengudi, Ceremony for Freeway Fets, 1978. Chromogenic development print; series of 11, each: 12 × 18 in. Edition of 5, aside from 1 artist’s proof. © Senga Nengudi. Courtesy of Lévy Gorvy Gallery, New York, and Thomas Erben Gallery, New York. Photo: Roderick “Quaku” Young.

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