Emory Douglas worked as the Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party from 1967 until the Party disbanded in the 1980s. His graphic art was featured in most issues of the newspaper The Black Panther (which had a peak circulation of 139,000 per week in 1970) and has become an iconic representation of the struggles of the Party during the 1960s and 70s.
“There was a lot of inspiration going on during that time. You would see a lot of the stuff that came out Cuba, the Organization of Solidarity with the People of Asia, Africa and Latin America (OSPAAAL). They used to print high powered political posters. They would also pick up some artwork I did and redesign it, reuse it. A lot of artwork came out of what was going on in Vietnam.We were inspired by international groups and they were inspired by us.”
- Emory Douglas, August 18, 2007