The Black Panther Party and the Struggle for a Just Society - Emory Douglas in conversation with Curtis Austin

Event description

  • Campus life
  • Community service
  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Free
  • Open to the public

Emory Douglas, the Minister of Culture and official artist of the Black Panther Party, will share his experiences as a movement activist and discuss the artwork he produced for the Black Panther newspaper from its start in 1967 to its dissolution in the early 1980s. The event will include a brief conversation with Black Panther scholar Curtis Austin and a Q&A session with the audience. 


Emory Douglas bio:

An illustrator of graphic images depicting the struggles of African Americans, Emory Douglas became an influential force within the Black Panther Party and the American left during the turbulent sixties. Douglas' images were printed on the covers and interiors of the organization's eponymous newspaper, The Black Panther and featured in newspapers and magazines throughout the world during the BPP's heyday. His depictions of African Americans as revolutionary fighters, instead of victims, and his unflattering illustrations of police and politicians made Douglas a hero to millions of Americans and peoples worldwide. Douglas has had retrospective exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and at the New Museum in New York. Since the re-introduction of his early work to new audiences, he continues to make new work, crafting exhibits and interacting with audiences in formal and informal settings all over the world. Among his  international exhibitions are shows in Chiapas, Mexico, Lisbon, Portugal, England, New Zealand and Australia, where he collaborated with Richard Bell in Brisbane.



  • 4:30–5:30 p.m., Pre-event Reception in Room 197, Ross-Blakley Hall
  • 5:30–6:30 p.m., "The Black Panther Party and the Struggle for a Just Society - Emory Douglas in conversation with Curtis Austin", ARM101 Armstrong Hall. (Virtual audience can watch it at ASU Live.)

This hybrid event is hosted by Humanities Institute, and sponsored by Center for the Study of Race and Democracy.

Event contact

Victoria Day

Thursday, February 29, 2024


5:30 pm6:30 pm (MST)


ARM101, Armstrong Hall