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Black Panthers

Displayed are issues of The Black Panther, the newspaper of the Black Panther Party. It was distributed across major US cities and abroad. Popular years were 1968–1972, with readership peaking around 400k in 1970. The paper expressed the sometimes controversial ideology of the party, and aligned the struggles of Black people in the US with revolutions around the world. Later issues focused on matters like housing, food security, police brutality, and economics.

It was art directed by Emory Douglas, Minister of Culture for the Black Panther Party and started as a 4-page mimeographed newsletter that evolved into a full newspaper, printed on a web press. In each issue, Douglas created dozens of illustrations, experimenting with  colors and halftones. The back page of each issue was designed as a poster, often depicting people in stances of active armed resistance. 

Launch Date
February 1, 2022

Curated By
Isaac Gertman

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