Emory Douglas

Social justice/political artist

Emory Douglas was born May 24, 1943 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has been a resident of the San Francisco California Bay Area since 1951. Douglas attended City College of San Francisco where he majored in commercial art. He was politically involved as a revolutionary artist and then Minister of Culture for the Black Panther party from February 1967 until the early 1980s. Douglas’ art and design concepts were always seen on the front and back pages of the Black Panther newspaper, reflecting the politics of the Black Panther Party and the concerns of the community. Douglas’ work has been displayed at the Biennale of Sydney in Australia in 2008; The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco; The African American Art & Cultural Complex in San Francisco; The Richmond Art Center in Richmond, CA; and The Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Houston. A retrospective of Douglas’ artwork was published in Art in America, PRINT Magazine, American Legacy Magazine, and the American Institute of Public Arts. A retrospective of Douglas’ graphic artwork was published in 2007 titled: Black Panther, The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas. It provided a comprehensive collection of Douglas’ graphics from the 1960’s and 70’s.