American Solidarity With The Oppressed And Panther Sisters On Women 's Liberation

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Emory Douglas’s pieces titled Afro-American Solidarity with the Oppressed and Panther Sisters on Women’s Liberation are two pieces that show Douglas’s revolutionary art that were powerful symbols of the Black Panther Party (BPP). The Black Panther Party for Self Defense was founded by Huey Newton and Bobby Seale in 1966 to protect minority communities against the United States government. The BPP also used community based programs and mass organization to start revolutionary socialism. Both pieces show the importance that women played in the movement. Despite the idea of women with power is often overlooked, they were a key part in forming the BPP. The BPP women defied sexisim, took leadership roles, and implemented programs that were community focused. Douglas’s pieces help relay this message. Emory Douglas, born on May 24 in 1943. Douglas went to the City College of San Francisco (CCSF) from around 1964 to 1966, where he learned graphic design. He joined the Black Students Union (BSU) at CCSF where he was drawn to political activism. Douglas used his art as a way to fight in the BPP’s struggle for civil rights. He worked as the Revolutionary Artist and the Minister of Culture for the BPP. His artwork allowed the community to learn about the BPP and their movement through participation and observation. Because many people were illiterate at the time, graphic art was important as it communicated the BPP’s message to their audience. Douglas used simple caption and headlines…

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