Sign of the Times: Emory Douglas Reflects on His Work With the Black Panther Party

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Emory Douglas’ work as Minister of Culture within the Black Panther Party fused art and activism in tangible and powerful ways. Douglas changed the face of their newspaper—The Black Panther—and ultimately changed the way information was given to the people. His images helped inform the community while also putting a spotlight on the oppression Black people faced. With the upcoming release of the movie Judas and the Black Messiah, Khris Davenport for Complex, recently interviewed this influential figure to discuss his life, legacy, and work with the Black Panther Party.

“It wasn't just the individual. It was inspired by what we're about. [Being] against the war in Vietnam, against mass incarcerations, quality of life issues, education [and learning our] true history. That is the foundation of the spirit of the art. That's the spirit of the people.” - Emory Douglas